Tuesday, September 13, 2016

How to Register to Vote

This may be my single-most important post of the year.  On November 8, 2016, Rankin Countians will arrive in droves to vote at the polls.  That day, we will elect a President, Congressman, Supreme Court Judge, and Court of Appeals Judge along with school board members and election commissioners.

To qualify to vote, you must:

   1.  Be a U.S. citizen,
   2.  Live at your Mississippi address by October 9, 2016,
   3.  Be at least 18 years old on November 8, 2016,
   4.  Be a non-felon, and
   5.  Not have been adjudicated incompetent by a Court.

You don't have to go to the Circuit Clerk's office to register to vote.  You can do that in the comfort of your own home.  BUT YOU MUST DO IT BEFORE OCTOBER 9, 2016.  Below is the voter registration form.  I downloaded this from the Mississippi Secretary of State's website.  Fill it out and mail it to the following address:

     Rankin County Circuit Clerk
     P O Box 1599
     Brandon, MS 39043-1599

Mail it before October 9, 2016!!  

The form can be confusing.  For example, "NVRA" stands for National Voter Registration Act.  An NVRA Agency is a state agency that provides public assistance or services to people with disabilities to enable them to register to vote.  That would not apply to someone registering through the mail.

This form can be used to register to vote for the first time, or to denote a change in residence.

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