The number of requested absentee ballots this year has already outpaced the number of absentee ballots cast in 2016.
In the last presidential election, Mississippians requested 110,812 ballots. Circuit clerks sent out 110,810 ballots and received 102,915. Of those, 101,339 were accepted.
This year, as of Sunday, Oct. 18, voters requested 120,253 absentee ballots and 115,848 ballots have been sent. Clerks have received 89,499 absentee ballots according to Secretary of State Michael Watson.
The in person absentee voting deadline is Saturday, Oct. 31, at 5 p.m. All mail-in absentee ballots must be postmarked by Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3, and received within five business days of the election to be counted.