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Make Sure Your Vote Counts

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The NAACP's Protect The Vote program is designed to educate voters and volunteers about voting rights in Mississippi. The program includes a toll-free number, 1-888-601- VOTE (1-888-601-8683), staffed by legal professionals and community volunteers to field questions and provide legal assistance for resolving any election-day problems.

Volunteers will be live-blogging from the call center to advise about the issues coming into the call center. The blog address is

Are you one of the many volunteer poll workers for the election? Do you still have questions concerning proper procedures and rules concerning the election process? If so, you should attend the question-and-answer session sponsored by Hinds County Executive Committee-Supervisory District 2. Everyone is welcome to attend this hour-long non-partisan informational session today in the Powell Middle School Auditorium starting promptly at 6:30 p.m. For further information, please call Victoria Jacobs at 601-454-2865.

More Voter Information

You do NOT need voter ID to vote in Mississippi.

Poll Problems to Report:

  1. Any voter intimidation including videotaping.
  2. Party workers sitting at voting tables or harassing voters in any way.
  3. ID checks (other than first-time voters who registered by mail).
  4. Alcohol consumption on site.
  5. Campaign materials with 150 feet of polls.
  6. Anyone not being allowed to cast a provisional ballot.
  7. Poll workers who refuse to assist voters.
  8. Observing someone being turned away from the polls.
  9. Poll workers or party reps approaching voting machines.
  10. Voting machines that do not work.

If you have problems at the polls, do not wait until you have finished voting.

Report your problem immediately to a poll worker or manager. If that person can't or won't help, call one or all of the following:

The U.S. Justice Department, 800-253-3931
 The NAACP's Voter Protection hotline: 1-888-601-VOTE
 The Mississippi Secretary of State's Office Election Hotline, 800-829-6786
 Mississippi Protection and Advocacy System (for disabled voters), 800-772-4057

Vote 411: 1-866-MYVOTE1 (866-698-6831)

1-866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683)

1-888-VE-Y-VOTA (en Espanol)

Also call the Jackson Free Press newsroom: 601-362-6121 ext. 14 or 16.

To vote, you must be registered at least 30 days prior to an election. Although it's not required, it's a good idea to have a photo ID with you at the polls just in case there is a problem. Remember to take off any campaign paraphernalia before entering; failing to do so can result in being turned away.

Where to Vote

Polling places will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. If you are in line at closing time, you must be allowed to vote.

Your voter registration card shows your precinct number and an address for voting. If you misplaced your card, ask a neighbor, go to Vote 411 ( and enter your address, or to the Mississippi Secretary of State's website polling place lookup page.

Call the state's Elections Help Line to find your polling place: 601-359-5075.You can also call the clerk's office in your city or county: in the city of Jackson, call 601-960-1035; in Hinds County, 601-968-6628; in Madison County, 601-859-4365; in Rankin County, 601-825-1466.

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