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THIS VIDEO IS OUTDATED. A new video is being produced for the 2018 Primary Elections and it will be posted to this channel in September 2018. Once the new video is finished, we will link to it in this description so that you can find it easily.

How to vote in Mississippi! Everything you need to know from registering and voter ID laws to absentee voting and sample ballots!

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LINKS:

If you want to vote, first you’ll need to register.

Find your county clerk or election commissioner http://www.sos.ms.gov/Elections-Voting/Pages/County-Election-Info.aspx

Registration form: http://www.sos.ms.gov/Elections-Voting/Documents/Voter_Registration.pdf

Find your polling place: http://www.sos.ms.gov/pollingplace/Pages/default.aspx

Get a free Voter ID card: http://msvoterid.ms.gov/Pages/VoterIDWhere.htm

Phone number to call for help with transportation or acquiring a Voter ID: 1-855-868-3745

Find your sample ballot: http://www.sos.ms.gov/Elections-Voting/Pages/default.aspx

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More states: http://www.youtube.com/howtovoteineverystate

Google's simple "How to Register" system: https://www.google.com/search?safe=off&espv=2&q=how+to+register+to+vote
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Hello Mississippi. If you want to vote, which I hope you do, first you will need to register to vote. If you're not sure if you're already registered, you'll need to call your county clerk or your election commissioner's office to check your registration status. There's a link in the description where you can find their phone numbers.
If you're not registered yet, or you've moved, or changed your name since the last time you voted, you'll need to register by mail. I know that's kind of a pain, but you can print out the registration form online using the link below and mail it in, snail mail, to your county circuit clerk by October 8th if you want to be registered in time for the November presidential election. Otherwise, you can find a paper application at the DMV, or any state or federal social service agency, or your circuit clerk's office if you don't have access to a printer.

Once you're registered you get to vote. For most people, that means heading to the polls on November 8th, but if you're over 65, or disabled, a student from Mississippi who goes to a school in another state, or have work that prevents you from getting to the polls on election day, you can apply to vote absentee. There's not a form to do that online though. You'll have to find your municipal or circuit clerk's contact info using the link below and write or call them to request an absentee ballot between September 23rd and election day. The sooner you do it, the better so that you have enough time to get the ballot in the mail, fill it out at your own pace, and send it back by November 8th.

For everyone else, you can go to the polls between 7 am and 7 pm on November 8th, and there's a link in the description to figure out where you need to go to vote. You'll need to bring a photo ID with you, like a driver's license, state ID, passport, student ID from a college or university in Mississippi, firearms license, or tribal ID. If you don't have any of those, you can get a free voter ID card at your circuit clerk's office during normal business hours. Their locations and hours are in the links below, as are phone numbers you can call if you have questions or need help with transportation to get a voter ID.

Closer to election day, you can go to the link in the description and look at a sample ballot that will tell you everything you'll be able to vote for. Now you don't have to vote for every single item on the ballot. You can leave things blank if you want to, but your local elections can be very important, so it's worth checking out what's on there ahead of time. You can even print out a sample ballot out and bring it with you to the polls, so you don't forget how you wanted to vote. For example, maybe you can vote to make it easier to vote in Mississippi. It is one of the hardest states to vote in. I'm sorry about that. All of the links you need to check your registration and polling locations are in the description. Thank you for voting.