Election Day Quick Guide for Faculty and Staff

OXFORD, Miss. – Whether this is your first time voting or you’ve been to the polls many times before, you may have questions or challenges in regard to voting in this year’s election. Here are a number of resources and logistical items to help as you cast your ballots on Tuesday (Nov. 3).

If you need additional help, visit https://vote.olemiss.edu/ or contact the Office of Community Engagement at engaged@olemiss.edu.

When and where do I vote?

In-person polling places in Mississippi are open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday. As long as you’re in line by 7 p.m., you can vote. Check on your registration and find your polling place at Can I Vote?

If voting absentee, your ballot must be postmarked no later than Tuesday and it must be notarized. You can find a notary at the Lafayette Co. Circuit Clerk’s Office or by emailing engaged@olemiss.edu to make an appointment. More info about absentee voting is here.

What’s on the ballet?

Research your ballot at BallotReady.org. Memorize your choices or write them on a piece of paper to bring with you. Keep in mind that you won’t be able to pull your phone out while you’re voting.

The Division of Diversity and Community Engagement’s UM Votes Blog has broken down the Yes/No measures on the Mississippi ballot so you aren’t guessing in the voting booth. Here’s a sample ballot for Lafayette County and here’s some more info about this election’s statewide measures:

What do I need to bring?

A photo ID (the list of accepted forms of ID includes your Ole Miss ID) and a mask. It’s probably a good idea to bring water, snacks, comfy clothes, fully charged phone (for passing the time while in line) and patience.

How do I get there?

If you need a ride to the polls, the university is running free shuttles to and from campus and your polling place every half hour from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday. You can RSVP for a shuttle and find more info here. Polls close at 7 p.m., so you’ll need to be in line by 7 p.m. to vote. The shuttles will return to campus until 8 p.m.

What are some best practices and recommendations while voting?

  • Keep your mask on, maintain social distance from others, be respectful of voters and poll workers, and recognize that you may be in line awhile.
  • Sanitize just before and after casting your vote.
  • Lafayette County has paper ballots for this election, so make sure to fill in the oval completely next to your choice with the pen provided. Check marks or line marks aren’t recommended.

What about after I vote?

Are there any events on campus about voting and Election Day?

Stronger Together Dialogue Series: Whose Freedom? Whose Speech?, Monday (Nov. 2), 3:30 p.m.

The Stronger Together Series and PEN America discuss what defines protected and unprotected speech, as well as how to use and navigate free-speech, especially after the presidential election. Register online

BERT Education and Bias Busters Training, Nov. 10, 12:30 p.m.

The Division of Diversity and Community Engagement presents information about the revised bias response team and offers interactive strategies for disrupting bias. Register online