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Absentee voting underway in Mississippi

FORREST COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - Mississippi voters who qualify to vote absentee have until next Saturday, November 1, to cast a ballot.

The Forrest County Circuit Clerk's office will be open regular hours but will also be open the next two Saturdays from 8-12 for voters who wish to vote absentee. For information about voting absentee in Mississippi, click here.

Not all states participate in "excuse required" absentee voting like the Magnolia State. There are three ways states vote before election day.
  • Early voting
  • Absentee voting
  • Mail voting
The majority of states participate in early voting, but Mississippi joins 14 other states that do not have early voting and also require an excuse to vote absentee.

"The legislature has not addressed early voting in Mississippi, so we do not have it called early voting," explained Forrest County's circuit clerk Lou Ellen Adams. "Ours is absentee voting. Early voting you would just come in and say, 'I want to vote,' and you wouldn't have to fit in any of those categories that is statutory by Mississippi law."

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