2015 Mississippi Code
Title 23 - ELECTIONS
Chapter 15 - MISSISSIPPI ELECTION CODE
Article 17 - CONDUCT OF ELECTIONS
A. GENERAL PROVISIONS
§ 23-15-551 - Marking and casting ballot; who may be present in polling room

MS Code § 23-15-551 (2015) What's This?

On receiving his ballot, the voter shall forthwith go into one of the voting compartments, and shall there prepare his ballot by marking with ink or indelible pencil on the appropriate margin or place a cross (X) opposite the name of the candidate of his choice for each office to be filled or by filling in the name of the candidate substituted in the blank space provided therefor, and marking a cross (X) opposite thereto, and likewise a cross (X) opposite the answer he desires to give in case of an election on a constitutional amendment or any other question or matter. As an alternative method, a voter may, at his option, prepare his ballot by marking with ink or indelible pencil in the appropriate margin or place a check, in the form of and similar to a "V", opposite the name of the candidate of his choice for each office to be filled, or by filling in the name of the candidate substituted in the blank space provided therefor, and marking a check, in the form of and similar to a "V", opposite thereto, and likewise a check, in the form of and similar to a "V", opposite the answer he desires to give in case of an election on a constitutional amendment or other question or matter, either of which methods of marking, whether by a cross (X) or by a check in the form of and similar to a "V", is authorized. Before leaving the voting compartment, the voter shall fold his ballot without displaying the markings thereof, but so that the words "OFFICIAL BALLOT," followed by the designation of the voting precinct and the date of the election, shall be visible to the officers of the election. He shall then cast his ballot by handing the same to one (1) of the managers of the election for deposit in the ballot box; this he shall do without undue delay, and as soon as he has voted he shall quit the inclosed place at once. A voter shall not be allowed to occupy a voting compartment already occupied by another voter, nor any compartment longer than ten (10) minutes, if other voters be not waiting, nor longer than five (5) minutes if other voters be waiting. A person shall not be allowed in the room in which the ballot boxes, compartments, tables and shelves are, except the officers of the election, and those appointed by them to assist therein, and those authorized by Section 23-15-577.

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