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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Registering to vote

You can register to vote in the county where you live at any time, but you must be registered at least 30 days before an election to vote in that election. (To check 2011 election dates, see the calendar here.)

You are eligible to register to vote if you:

  • Are an inhabitant of Mississippi, except persons judicially declared mentally incompetent; At least 18 years old (or will be by the date of the next general election);
  • Have been resident of the state, county, and supervisor’s district for 30 days;
  • Have never been convicted of any crime listed in Section 241 of the Mississippi Constitution (murder, rape, bribery, theft, arson, obtaining money or goods under false pretense, perjury, forgery, embezzlement, or bigamy).

Once you are registered, you generally remain registered indefinitely, unless you move or no longer meet one of the qualifications to vote.

Lafayette County residents register to vote in the Lafayette County Circuit Clerk’s office, on the first floor of the Lafayette County Courthouse at the center of the Oxford Square. You can also register to vote by mail. Download a voter registration form.

Once registered, a voter will receive a voter registration card identifying your voting precinct location and address, legislative district, supervisor district, chancery and circuit court districts, justice court districts, Supreme Court district, school board district, and congressional districts.

If you have questions about registering to vote, contact the Lafayette County Circuit Clerk’s office at 234-4951 or call the Mississippi Secretary of State’s Elections Answerline at 1-800-829-6786. (July 8, 2011)

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