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)
The last day to register to vote in the upcoming primary election on Aug. 2 is this Saturday. The Lafayette County Circuit Clerk’s Office will be open from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday to accommodate last-minute voter registrations. (July 1, 2011, Page 3A)
If your door bell rings or you hear a knock these days, it’s as likely to be a candidate looking for your vote and support as anyone. With election season in full swing, Editor Don Whitten reminds everyone to get registered and to learn the ins and outs of voting in primaries coming up in early August. (June 27, 2011, Page 4)
Several candidates filed just days before Wednesday’s deadline for state House of Representatives and Senate races. Lafayette County has four districts with elections coming up this year and one Senate race. See all who qualified in today’s EAGLE. (June 2, 2011, Page 1A)
Financially, the races for state Senate and House of Representatives are still fairly affordable for most candidates. Candidates had until May 10 to file financial reports. (May 17, 2011, Page 1)
Oxford resident Jordan Bankhead has tossed his hat into the state race for House representative for District 10 along with Panola County resident Doug Jones. The two are vying for the position being vacated by current Rep. Warner McBride who announced last month he would not be seeking re-election. (May 17, 2011, Page 1)
Noal Akins announced his retirement after eight years in the District 12 House of Representatives. Ward 6 Oxford Alderman Brad Mayo (R) announced his intention to run. (March 31, 2011, Page 1)
Nancy J. Smith writes to complain about annoying phone calls from candidates at election time as well as seeing campaign signs left up after the election, while Mark Camarigg writes to thank the local residents and businesses who helped make the 8th annual Blues Symposium a big success. (March 4, 2011, Page 4A)
While there were no “down-to-the-wire” sign ups — no one running into the Lafayette County Circuit Clerk’s Office — to file last minute to run for a county office in November, four people did wait until Tuesday to file qualifying papers. The deadline to qualify was 5 p.m. Tuesday. (March 2, 2011, Page 1)
With five days left to qualify for local elections, the list of candidates vying for county seats continues to grow. The qualifying deadline is 5 p.m. Tuesday. Those interested in running for office need to file qualifying papers at the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office in the Lafayette County Courthouse. See a list of all those who have qualified as of Tuesday in today’s EAGLE. (February 23, 2011, Page 1)