Mississippians who want to vote by absentee ballot have until noon Saturday, Mar. 10, to do so.
The secretary of state's office says circuit clerks' offices are required to remain open 8 a.m. to 12 noon Saturday for that purpose.
Mississippi's primaries are Mar. 13. Alabama also has primaries on that date.
On Tuesday's ballot are the Republican candidates for president, and party primaries for Mississippi's four congressional seats and U.S. Senate.
Absentee ballots that are mailed have to be received by the circuit clerks by 5 p.m. Monday.
For most military voters, absentee ballots must be received at the circuit clerk’s Office by 7 p.m.,
According to State law, the following categories of registered voters are eligible to cast an absentee ballot:
· Members of the Armed Forces or their spouses and/or dependents;
· Members of the Merchant Marines or the American Red Cross, or their spouses and/or dependents;
· Disabled war veterans who are patients in any hospital, or their spouses and/or dependents;
· Civilians attached to any branch of the Armed Forces, the Merchant Marines, or the American Red Cross and serving outside of the United State, or their spouses and/or dependents;
· Persons temporarily residing outside the territorial limits of the United States and the District of Columbia;
· Students, teachers, or administrators whose employment or studies necessitate their absence from their county of voting residence, or their dependent or spouse who maintains a common domicile outside the county of voting residence;
· Persons who will be outside of their county of residence on election day;
· Persons required to be at work on election day during the times at which the polls will be open;
· Persons temporarily or permanently physically disabled;
· Persons sixty-five (65) years of age or older;
· Parents, spouses or dependents of persons having a temporary or permanent physical disability who are hospitalized outside their county of residence or more than fifty (50) miles away from their residence if the parents, spouses, and/or dependents will be with such persons on election day;
· Members of the Mississippi Congressional delegation, or their spouses and/or dependents.