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Deadline approaching for registering to vote for November general election

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Are you ready to cast your ballot in November?

To be eligible to vote in the Nov. 5 general election in Mississippi, your voter registration must be complete and submitted 30 days before the election, no later than Oct. 7. That means it’s time to get it on your calendar and done.

Vicksburg and Warren County residents can register for the first time or change the information on their voter registrations at the Warren County Circuit Clerk’s office, 1009 Cherry St., in Vicksburg.  You can also mail in your voter registration application, but it MUST be postmarked on or before Oct. 7. You can download a mail-in application here.

If you have moved or changed your name for any reason since the last time you voted, or if you experienced any issues voting in past elections, now is the time to update your voter information.

You will need proper identification to vote in Mississippi. Acceptable forms of ID include:

  • A driver’s license
  • A photo ID issued by a branch, department or entity of the State of Mississippi
  • A United States passport
  • A government employee ID card
  • A firearms license
  • A student photo ID issued by an accredited Mississippi university, college or community/junior college
  • A United States military ID
  • A tribal photo ID
  • Any other photo ID issued by any branch, department, agency or entity of the United States government or any State government
  • A Mississippi Voter Identification Card

More information on voting, including how to obtain a Mississippi Voter ID if you need one, can be found on the Mississippi Secretary of State’s Y’all Vote website.

The Warren County Election Commission has provided the following information:

Voter Roll Changes

Now is the time to make necessary changes to your name or address on the voter rolls, otherwise you may not be on the Pollbook for the next election.

Why am I not on the pollbook?

The Warren County Election Commission is compelled to follow federal law, the federal Voting Rights Act, and Mississippi Code on elections.

If we receive any of the following:

  • Returned mail to Circuit Clerk’s Office, such as a jury summons
  • Returned mail to the Tax Assessor’s Office, such as:
    • Homestead Exemption notification
    • Post Office change of address NCOA notification
    • Secretary of State Interstate Crosscheck notification
  • Because the voter
    • moved to another precinct OR
    • moved out of the county AND
    • did not change his address at the Circuit Clerk’s office

The voter is changed to inactive status, and a confirmation card is sent to the address on the voter rolls.

If the voter returns the card with a current address, the voter is returned to active status, and will be printed on the pollbook.

If the card is either not returned or returned by the Post Office as undeliverable, the voter remains in inactive status and will not be printed in the pollbook.

Names are inactive because of possible change of address, which was not confirmed, not because of lack of voting.

The other reason a voter’s name will not appear in the pollbook is if the voter registered to vote later than 30 days before the election. In that case, the voter’s name is on the voter rolls at the courthouse but will not be in the pollbook for the election in question.

To find your polling place, go to www.sos.ms.gov/pollingplace

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