Even if you didn’t vote in last week’s primary election, it’s not too late to register for the upcoming general election.
According to the secretary of state’s office, people have until October 9 to register to vote in November’s general election. If they miss the October 9 deadline, they have until October 30 to register to vote in any general election runoffs.
Tuesday’s primary election saw one of the worst voter turnouts in over a decade, Secretary of State Michael Watson revealed Monday on MidDays with Gerard Gibert.
“Not so great,” Watson said when asked about turnout. “I think it was around 30 percent. Last I saw, it was hovering right at 30, and it’s the lowest it’s been in a statewide primary in probably 10 or 15 years.”
Watson attributed the decline in ballots cast to “political nastiness” in certain races and a lack of interest in the top of the ticket but is hoping for a larger turnout come November 7.
How can I register to vote before the general election?
There are multiple ways someone can register to vote in Mississippi. The easiest option is to print out this form, fill it out, and mail it to your circuit clerk. If you don’t have access to a printer, mail-in registration forms are available at the Secretary of State’s Office, in public libraries, driver’s license exam stations, circuit clerk’s office, municipal clerk’s office, and public schools.
For those who prefer the in-person route, you can visit either your circuit clerk or municipal clerk’s office and they will work to get you registered.
How can I update my voter registration?
Like registering, there are multiple ways to update voter registration in Mississippi with the easiest being online. Voter registration can also be updated at your circuit clerk or municipal clerk’s office.
To learn more about voter registration in Mississippi, visit the secretary of state’s website.
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