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Running for Office

Every qualified U.S. citizen may run for appointment to office.  Here you will find links to information concerning the qualification criteria, processes, fees, and required documents.

Your local voting precincts are determined by the Mississippi Secretary of State and your local polling location.  You may find your polling location to vote by your address at the Mississippi Secretary of State’s website.

Qualifications

Campaign Finance

The Secretary of State’s Office is now accepting electronic payment of election fines and fees by credit or debit card.

Official Links

General Elections

Candidates are elected to office in general elections. The general election ballot contains the names of the party nominees, plus any independent or third party candidates who have qualified.

For most elective offices, the candidate who receives the highest number of votes is elected. Offices in which candidates do not run in party primaries (most judicial offices, county election commissioner, some others) require a run-off if no candidate receives a majority vote in the general election.

By law, general elections are run by county or municipal Election Commissioners with limited oversight from the State Board of Election Commissioners. Circuit and Municipal Clerks also provide support.

Primary Elections
Party candidates are nominated through primary elections. A voter may vote in either party’s primary, and cast a ballot for that party’s nominees to the general election. If no candidate receives a majority of the votes in a primary, a run-off is held between the top two contenders.
A voter who votes in the primary of one party may not “crossover” to vote in the run-off of another party.
By law, primary elections are run by each political party’s county or municipal executive committee with oversight from the state party executive committees. Circuit and Municipal Clerks also provide support.