Monday, June 6, 2022

Secretary Watson Encourages Voters to Make An Informed Decision on Election Day

JACKSON — Secretary Michael Watson encourages Mississippians to research candidates and their platforms ahead of Tuesday's primary and general elections. The June 7th Primary Election Day ballot features candidates running for U.S. House of Representatives. Voters in Bolivar, Humphreys, Sharkey, and Washington Counties will also have the chance to vote for candidates vying for a seat on the Board of Mississippi Levee Commissioners. 

"One of the most important responsibilities of a voter is making an informed decision at the ballot box," said Secretary Michael Watson. "Your vote impacts the future of your community, so taking the time to understand a candidate's mission or values will ensure you feel confident in your decision."

Democratic Primary Election Sample Ballot

Republican Primary Election Sample Ballot

In Mississippi, primary elections are conducted by political parties. However, our office will have observers in precincts across the state. Polls will open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m., and any voter in line at 7 p.m. is still allowed to cast a ballot. Problems at the polls observed by state observers or otherwise reported to our Elections Division will be referred to the proper authorities. 

Primary and General Election Day Reminders


  • Mail-In Absentee Voting Deadline: All Primary and General Election mail-in absentee ballots must be postmarked by June 7th and received by County Circuit Clerk Offices within five business days of June 7th in order to count.
  • Polling Place Location: Use the Polling Place Locator on our Y'all Vote website to determine your voting precinct and review a sample ballot. The results on our Y’all Vote website are dependent upon the information entered into the Statewide Election Management System (SEMS) by the counties. Please contact your Circuit Clerk or Election Commissioner with any questions or concerns.  
  • Voter Photo ID: Voters are required to show photo identification at the polls. A voter without an acceptable form of photo identification is entitled to cast an affidavit ballot. An affidavit ballot may be counted if the voter provides an acceptable form of photo identification to the Circuit Clerk’s Office within five business days of Election Day. 
  • Campaigning: It is unlawful to campaign for any candidate within 150 feet of any entrance to a polling place, unless on private property. 
  • Loitering: The polling places should be clear for 30 feet from every entrance of all people except elections officials, voters waiting to vote, or authorized poll watchers.
  • Camera Phones: Voters are prohibited from taking pictures of their marked ballot.

For questions regarding Primary or General Election Day, 
please contact our Elections Division:
Hotline: 1-800-829-6786