City Election Information – 2017

Secretary of State’s Calendar for City Elections

DELBERT H OSEM A N N
Secretary of State
OFFICE OF THE MISSISSIPPI SECRETARY OF STATE ELECTIONS DIVISION
(800) 829-6786
www.sos.ms.gov

2017 ELECTIONS CALENDAR
This calendar is for planning purposes only. Dates are subject to change or revision. Please refer to the proper citation to the Mississippi Code Annotated (Miss. Code Ann. (1972)), the Mississippi Constitution, federal law and other cited sources for more complete legal requirements of the calendar entries printed below. Contact the Secretary of State's Office for updates or further information.

JANUARY
2nd Qualifying Period Begins: First day candidates may qualify for municipal office.

3rd Legislative Session Begins. (MS Const 1890 § 36; Miss . Code Ann.§ 5-1-7)

10th Campaign Finance Deadline, 5:00 p.m.: Periodic Re port (October 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016) due for judicial candidates and judicial committees only in the appropriate office. {Miss. Code Ann.§ 23-15-807(b)(ii))

31st Campaign Finance Deadline, 5:00 p.m. (Annual Report January 1, 2016, through December 31, 2016) due for all candidates and political committees in the appropriate office. {Miss. Code Ann.§ 23-15-807)

MARCH
3rd Qualifying Deadline, 5:00 p.m.: Party primary and independent candidates for municipal office. (Miss. Code Ann. § 23-15-309).

Absentee Ballot Applications: Applications for the Primary Election must be available in the Municipal Clerk's Office.

Permanently Disabled Voters List: Municipal Clerks deliver the list of permanently disabled voters to the Municipal/County Election Commission to purge ineligible voters . (Miss. Code Ann. § 23-15-629(3) )

18th Statement of Economic Interest: Candidates must file a Statement of Economic Interest with the Mississippi Ethics Commission within fifteen (15) days of qualifying for offices. Incumbents must file a Statement of Economic Interest with the Mississippi Ethics Commission on or before May 1, 2017. (Miss. Code Ann.§ 25-4-29)

UOCAVA Absentee Ballot Deadline: Municipal Clerks' Offices send absentee ballots for the Primary Election by mail, email or fax to UOCAVA voters who have requested an absentee ballot by application, FPCA or FWAB on or after January 1, 2017. (Miss. Code Ann.§ 23-15-683, 23-15- 691, 23-15-692, 23-15-699)

Absentee Ballots must be available in the Municipal Clerks' Offices. An absentee ballots must be mailed to all voters who submitted an application before absentee ballots were available. (Miss. Code Ann. § 23-15-715(0))

Permanently Disabled Voter List: Election Commission returns revised lis t to Municipal Clerks' Offices for Primary Election (Miss. Code Ann.§ 23-15-629( 3) )

23rd Absentee Ballot Deadline for Permanen tly Disabled Voters: Municipal Clerks' Offices mail absentee ballots to voters on the permanently disabled list. (Miss. Code Ann.§ 23-15-629(4))

27th Voter Registration: Municipal Clerks' Office s may remain open from 8:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., including the noon hour, for voter registration . (Miss. Code Ann.§ 23-15-37(2))

28th Voter Regi st ration : Municipal Clerks' Offices may remain open from 8:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., in cludin g the noon hour, for voter registration. (Miss.Code Ann. § 23-15-37(2))

29th Voter Registration: Municipal Clerks' Offices may remain open from 8:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., including the noon hour, for voter registration . (Miss. Code Ann.§ 23-15-37(2))

30th Voter Registration: Municipal Cle rks' Offices may remain open from 8:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., including the noon hour, for voter regis tratio n. (Miss. Code Ann.§ 23-15-37(2) )

31st Voter Registration: Munici pal Clerks' Offices may remain open from 8:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., including the noon hour, for voter registration. ( Miss.Code Ann. § 23-15-37(2))

APRIL
Voter Registration Dead line . 12:00 p.m.: Municipal Cle rks' Offices MUST remain open from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. for voter registration for the Municipal Primary Election and Primary Runoff Elec ions. (Miss. Code Ann.§ 23-15-37(2))

Mail-In Registration Applications received by the Municipal Clerks' Offices must be postmar ked no later than Saturday, April 1, 2017 to be eligible to vote in the Municipal Primary and Primary Runoff Elections . (Miss. Code Ann. § 23-15-47(2)(0) ).

2nd Sine Die: Legislative Session Ends. (Miss. Const. 1890 § 36)

11th Voting Machine Training: Deadline by which Municipal Election Officials appoint persons to instruct poll managers in the use of voting machines, if applicable, and their duties for the Primary and Primary Runoff El ecti ons. (Miss. Code Ann.§ 23-15 -417)

18th Appointment of Poll Work ers: Dea dline by which Municipal Elect ion Officials appoint poll managers for the Primary Election. (Miss. Code Ann.§ 23-15 -265)

Publication of Notice of Poll Worker Training: Public notice of the time and location of poll manager training must be posted at the court house and published in a newspaper of general circulation five (5) days before the date of the training. (Miss. Code Ann. § 23-15-239(1)( 4))

22 nd Absentee Voting: Municipal Clerks' Offices MUST remain open from 8:00 a.m. until 1 2:00 p.m. for in-person absentee voting in the Primary Election. (Miss.Code Ann. 23-15-653)

UOCAVA Voter Registration Deadline: Municipal Clerks ' Offices mus t be in actual receipt of a completed FPCA from a UOCAVA voter to be eligible to vote in the Primary Election and Primar y Runoff Election. ( Miss.Code Ann.§ 23-15-677(2))

25th Campaign Finance Deadline, 5:00 p.m.: Prim a ry Pre-Elect ion Report Oanuary 1, 2017 through April 22, 2017) due in the appropriate office. (Miss. Code Ann.§ 23-15-8 07{b){ iii} )

27th Poll Manager Training Dea d line: No poll manager (or resolution board member) may serve in any municipal election unless he/ she has received training once during the 12 months immediately preceding the election. (Miss. Code Ann.§ 23-15-239{1){a))

29th In-Person Absentee Voting Deadline. 1 2:00 p.m.: Municipal Clerks' Offices MUST remain open from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. for absentee voting in the Primary Election. (Miss. Code Ann.§ 23- 15-653)

L & A Testing Deadline. (Miss. Code Ann.§ 23-15-531.4{4){a))

MAY
1 s t Voter Registration: Municipal Clerks' Offices may remain open from 8:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., including the noon hour, for voter registration. (Miss. Code Ann.§ 23-15-37(2))

Absentee Ballot by Mail Deadline. 5:00 p.m.: Absentee ballots returned by mail MUST BE RECEIVED by the Municipal Clerk's Office no later than 5:00 p.m. This is not a postmark deadline but an actual receipt deadline. ( Miss.Code Ann. §§ 23-15-6 31(1){ c), 23-15-637)

Statement of Economic Interest: Incumbents must file a Statement of Economic Interest with the Mississippi Ethics Commission on or before May 1, 2017. (Miss. Code Ann. § 25-4-29)

2nd PRIMARY ELECTION DAY for Municipal Offices. (Miss. Code Ann.§ 23-15-171 )

UOCAVA Absentee Ballot Deadline. 7:00 p.m.: Absentee ballots returned by UOCAVA voters MUST BE RECEIVED by the Municipal Clerk's Office no later than 7:00 p.m. on Primary Election Day. (Miss. Code Ann. § 23-15-699)

Voter Registration: Municipal Clerks' Offices may remain open from 8:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., including the noon hour, for voter registrarion. (Miss. Code Ann. § 23-15-37(2))

Appointment of Poll Workers: Deadline by which Municipal Election Officials appoint poll managers for the Primary Runoff Election. (Miss. Code Ann. § 23-15- 265)

Publicat ion of Notic e of Poll Worker Training: Public notice of the time and location of poll manager training must be posted at the courthou se and published in a newspaper of general circulation five (5) days before the date of the training. (Miss. Code Ann.§ 23-15-239(1)(4))

3rd Late Absentee Ballots: The absentee ballot applications and unopened absentee ballot envelopes received after the applicable deadline(s) must be stamped with the day and hour of receipt by the Municipal Clerks' Offices and retained for the period of time required for the preservation of ballots. (Miss. Code Ann.§ 23-15-647)

Voter Registration: Municipal Clerks' Offices may remain open from 8:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., including the noon hour, for voter registration . (Miss. Code Ann.§ 23-15-37(2))

Voter Registration : Municipal Cler ks' Offices may remain open from 8:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., including the noon hour, for voter registration. (Miss. Code Ann.§ 23-15-37(2))

Voter Registration: Municipal Clerks ' Offices may remain open from 8:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., including the noon hour, for voter registration. (Miss. Code Ann. § 23-15-37(2))

Voter Registration Dea d line, 12:00 p.m.: Municipal Clerks' Offices MUST remain open from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. for voter registration for the Municipal General Election. (Miss. Code Ann.§ 23-15-37(2))

Absentee Voting: Municipal Cle rks' Offices MUST remain open from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. for in-person absentee voting in t he Primary Runoff Election. (Miss.Code Ann. 23-15-653)

Mail-In Registration Applications received by the Municipal Clerks' Offices must be postmarked no later than Saturday, May 6, 2017 to be eligible to vote in the Municipal Genera l Election. (Miss. Code Ann.§ 23-15-47(2)(a))

9th Voter ID Affidavit Ballot Deadline, 5:00 p.m.: Last day affidavit voters who cast an affidavit ballot by reason of voter ID may present an acceptable form of photo ID or complete an affidavit of religious objection in the Municipal Clerk's Office. (MS Const. 1890 § 249-A)

Campaign Finance Deadline, 5:00 p.m.: Primary Pre-Runoff Election Re port (April 23, 2017 through May 6, 2017) due in the appropriate office . (Miss. Code Ann.§ 23-15-807(b}(iii})

10th Cer ificat io n of Municipal Primary Election Res ults: Municipal Executive Committees shall certify Primar y Election results and annou nce the names of the nominees for municipal offices and the names of those candidates to be submitted to the second primary election. (Miss. Code Ann.§ 23-15-597, 23-15-599)

Absentee Ballots must be mailed to a ll voters who submitted an application before absentee ballots for the Primary Runoff Election were available. (Miss. Code Ann.§ 23-15-715(a)J

UOCAVA Absentee Ballots: Municipal Clerks' Offices send absentee ballots for the Primary Runoff Election by mail, email or fax to UOCAVA voters who have requested an absentee ballot by application, FPCA or FWAB. (Miss. Code Ann.§§ 23-15- 683, 23-15-691, 23-15-692, 23-15-699)

Permanently Disabled Voters: Municipal Clerks' Offices mail absentee ballots for the Primary Runoff Election to voters on the permanently disabled list. (Miss. Code Ann. § 23-15-629(4))

11th Poll Manager Training Deadline: No poll manager (or resolution board member) may serve in any municipal election unless he/ she has received training once during the 12 months immediately preceding the elect ion. (Miss. Code Ann.§ 23-15-239(1)(a))

13th In-Person Absentee Voting Deadline. 12:00 p.m.: Municipal Clerks' Offices MUST remain open from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. for absentee voting in the Primary Runoff Election. (Miss. Code Ann.§ 23-15-653)

L & A Testing Deadline. (Miss. Code Ann. § 23-15-531.4(4)(a)

15th Absentee Ballot by Mail Deadline. 5:00 p.m.: Absentee ballots returned by mail MUST BE RECEIVED by the Municipal Clerk's Office no later than 5:00 p.m. This is not a postmark deadline but an actual receipt deadline. (Miss. Code Ann.§§ 23-15-631(1)(c},23-15-637)

16 th PRIMARY RUNOFF ELECTION DAY for Municipal Offices. (Miss. Code Ann.§ 23-15-171)

UOCAVA Absentee Ballot Deadline, 7:00 p.m.: Absentee ballots returned by UOCAVA voters MUST BE RECEIVED by the Municipal Cler k's Office no later than 7:00 p.m. on Primary Runoff Election Day. (Miss. Code Ann.§ 23-15-699

Voting Machine Training : Deadline by which Municipal Election Officials appoint persons to instruct poll managers in the use of voting machines, if applicable, and their duties for the General Election. (Miss. Code Ann.§ 23-15-417)

17th Late Absentee Ballots: The absentee ballot applications and unopened absentee ballot envelopes received after the applicable deadline(s) must be stamped with the day and hour of receipt by the Municipal Clerks' Offices and retained for the period of time required for the preservation of ballots . (Miss. Code Ann.§ 23-15-647)

23 rd Voter ID Affidavit Ballot Deadline, 5:00 p.m.: Last day affidavit voters who cast an affidavit ballot by reason of voter ID may present an acceptable form of photo ID or complete an affidavit of religious objection in the Municipal Clerk's Office. (MS Const 1890 § 249-A)

Appointment of Poll Workers: Municipal Election Officials appoint poll managers for the General Election. (Miss. Code Ann.§ 23-15-231 )

Pu blica tion of Notice of Poll Worker Training: Public notice of the time and locati on of poll manager training must be posted at the courthouse and published in a newspaper of general circulation five (5) days before the date of the training. (Miss. Code Ann.§ 23-15-239(1)(4))

24th Certification of Municipal Primary Runoff Election Results: Municipal Executive Committees shall certify Primary Runoff Election results and announce the name of the nominees for municipal offices. (Miss. Code Ann.§ 23-15-597, 23-15-599)

Absentee Ballots must be available in the Municipal Clerks' Offices. An abs e ntee ballot must be mailed to all voters whosubmitted an application before absentee ballots for the General Election were availab le. (Miss. Code Ann.§ 23-15-715(a))

UOCAVA Absentee Ballots : Municipal Clerks' Offices send absentee ballots for the General Election by mail, email or fax to UOCAVA voters who have requested an absentee ballot by application, FPCA or FWAB. (Miss. Code Ann.§ 23-15-683, 23-15-691, 23-15-692, 23-15-699)

Permanently Disabled Voters: Municipal Clerks' Offices mail absentee ballots for the General Election to voters on the permanently disabled list. (Miss. Code Ann.§ 23-15-629(4))

27 th Absentee Voting: Municipal Clerks' Offices MUST remain open from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. for in-person absentee voting in the General Election. (Miss . Code Ann. 23-15-653)

UOCAVA Voter Registration Dea dline: Municipal Clerks' Offices must be in actual receipt of a completed FPCA from a UOCAVA voter to be eligib le to vote in the General Election. (Miss. Code Ann.§ 23-15-677(2))

30 th Campaign Finance Deadline. 5:00 p.m.: General Pre-Election Report (April 23, 2017 through May 27, 2017) due in the appropriate office. (Mi ss. Code Ann.§ 23-15-807(b)(iii))

JUNE
1st

3rd Poll Manager Training Deadline : No poll manager (or resolution board member) may serve in any municipal election unless he/ she has received training once during the 12 months immediately preceding the election. (Miss. Code Ann.§ 23-15-239(1)(a))

In-Person Absentee Voting Deadline. 12:00 p.m.: Municipal Clerks' Offices MUST remain open from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. for absentee voting in the General Elect ion. (Miss. Cod e Ann.§ 23- 15-653)

L & A Testing Deadline. (Miss. Code Ann.§ 23-15-531.4(4)(a)

5th Absentee Ballot by Mail Deadline. 5:00 p.m.: Absentee ballots returned by mail MUST BE RECEIVED by the Municipal Clerk's Office no later than 5:00 p.m. This is not a postmark deadline but an actual receipt deadline. (Mi ss. Code Ann.§§ 23-15-631{1}{c), 23-15-637)

6 th GENERAL ELECTION DAY: Polls open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. {Mi ss. Code Ann.§ 23-15-173)

UOCAVA Absentee Ballot Deadline. 7:00 p.m.: Absentee ballots returned by UOCAVA voters MUST BE RECEIVED by the Municipal Clerks' Offices no later than 7:00 p.m. on General Election Day. (Mis s. Code Ann. § 23-15-699

7th Late Absentee Ballots: The absentee ballot applications and unopened absentee ballot envelopes received after the applicable deadline(s) must be stamped with the day and hour of receipt by the Municipal Clerks' Offices and retained for the period of time required for the preser vation of ballots. (Miss. Code Ann.§ 23-15-647)

13th Voter ID Affidavit Ballot Deadline. 5:00 p.m.: Last day affidavit voters who cast an affidavit ballot by reason of voter ID may present an acceptable form of photo ID or complete an affidavit of religious objection in the Municipal Clerk's Office. (MS Const 1890 § 249-A)

14 th Certification of Mu nicipal General Election Res ults. Deadline by which Municipal Election Commissioners shall deter mine each candidate receiving the highest number of votes and transmit to MSOS a statement certifying the name(s) of the persons so elected. If any two (2) or more candidates receiving the highest number of votes receive an equal number of votes, the
election shall be decided by lot,f airly and publicly drawn by the election commissioners with the aid of two (2) or more qualified electors of the municipality. (Miss.Code Ann.§ 23-15-611)

JULY
3 rd Municipal Officers' terms begin. (Miss . Code Ann.§§ 21-15-1 and 21-15-39)