TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- Absentee ballot voting is now available for the 2020 presidential election.
Absentee ballots are different than mail-in ballots.
While you can mail in absentee ballots, they are not a mass mailing system.
Absentee ballots are available for people who won’t be able to vote in person on November 3rd.
“I really don’t trust the mail,” Booneville resident Carol Gamble said about mail-in voting.
She said she won’t be casting an absentee ballot, but will vote in person on November 3rd.
“You know, voter fraud and things like that, I wanna be there in person to tell them who I want to vote for,” Gamble said.
Whether you have a trip out of town or a disability, people use absentee ballots to make sure they get a chance to vote.
Prentiss County Circuit Clerk Mike Kelly said the first day of absentee voting was quite busy.
“I think we’ll have more absentees possibly than normal, but I still think that the vast majority of people will still go to the polls and vote,” Kelly said.
He explained briefly how the absentee ballot voting process works.
"We’ve had several inquiries,” he said, talking about people calling to ask about absentee ballots.
People can call and request a ballot. They can also stop by. They have to give a legitimate reason for why they need an absentee ballot. One man at the Prentiss County Circuit Clerk’s Office said he is a truck driver, and he needed one because he would not be in town on election day.
“We do not hand ballots out of course. We mail ballots to those that call and request them, to disabled and over 65 within the county,” Kelly said.
He added some also go outside the county by mail to people such as college students and people temporarily living outside the county.
Kelly encouraged people not to procrastinate.
“If you know that you’re going to be out of town, whatever that reason might be that you need to cast an absentee ballot, come in sometime before the end because usually there is a rush right before the very end.”
The deadline to register to vote is October 5. The deadline for people to come into the office and cast an absentee ballot is on October 31st at 5:00 PM.