This is a release from the MS Secretary of State's Office.
By statute, the following categories of registered voters are eligible to cast absentee ballots in Mississippi:
A voter must apply for an absentee ballot, and absentee ballots must be returned (1) in-person at a Circuit Clerk’s Office by 12 p.m. on the Saturday preceding Election Day, or (2) by mail by 5 p.m. the day before Election Day (this is a receipt date, not a postmark date).
A voter votes by affidavit on Election Day (not before) if (1) the voter’s name is not in the pollbook; (2) the voter is unable present acceptable photo identification; (3) the picture on the presented photo identification does not fairly depict the voter; or (4) the name on the presented photo identification is not substantially similar to the voter’s name as it appears on the pollbook.
If a voter does not have acceptable photo identification on Election Day and he or she casts an affidavit ballot, the voter must present acceptable photo identification to the Circuit Clerk or obtain a free Mississippi Voter ID card within five business days after the election. This year, that date falls on November 16, 2016, which accounts for Veterans Day.