Kidada Brown, District 1
Toni Johnson, District 2
Jermal Clark, District 3
Yvonne R. Horton, District 4
Shirley Varnado, District 5
Welcome to the Hinds County Election Commission.
We are responsible for the elections operations in Hinds County. There are currently 110 voting precincts in Hinds County with more than 149,000 registered voters. Election Commissioners meet monthly at the Hinds County Courthouse inside the Board of Elections Conference Room. For the meeting schedule or meeting minutes, please send a request via email. You may also contact the Election Commission at the information to the right.
FY - 2021 MEETING SCHEDULE
10:00 A.M. - (UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED)
February 8, 2021
March 8, 2021
April 12, 2021
May 10, 2021
June 14, 2021
July 12, 2021
August 9, 2021
September 13, 2021
October 11, 2021
October 18, 2021
November 8, 2021
December 13, 2021
According to Mississippi Section Code 23-15-213:
- Subsection (1) – Beginning with 2020 Election, election commissioners are required to complete a training seminar provided by the Secretary of State and satisfactorily complete a skills assessment.
- Subsection (2) – Creates staggered terms for Election Commissioners with Districts 1, 3, & 5 being elected in 2020 to four-year terms and Districts 2 & 5 being elected to three (3) year terms, then returning to four-year terms thereafter. (HB 937)
- From and after Jan. 1, 2024, subsection (5) – the county election commissioners elect a chair and a secretary during their first meeting in January of each year, who shall each serve a one (1) year term; the names of the officers are to be provided to the Secretary of State.
The county board of election commissioners shall consist of one (1) person from each supervisor’s district of the county and each commissioner shall be elected from the supervisor’s district in which he or she resides.
No county election commissioner shall serve or be considered as elected unless and until he has received a majority of the votes cast for the position or post for which he or she is a candidate. If such majority vote is not received in the first election, then the two (2) candidates receiving the most votes for each position or post shall be placed up the ballot for the second election to be held two (2) weeks later in accordance with appropriate procedures followed in other elections involving run-off candidates.
- Election Commissioners shall be charged with the duty of conducting, including all facets associated with general and special elections for the county. Election Commissioners are responsible for keeping and maintaining the poll books of the county. They also help to maintain voter registration records in SEMS (Statewide Election Management System) alongside the county circuit clerk.
- With redistricting, Commissioners assign voters to the appropriate district and precinct and revise poll books to conform to changes in boundaries.
- Election Commissioners are required by state statute to attend certification training each year, held by the Secretary of State, to be eligible to conduct elections held in the county.
- Election Commissioners shall hire all poll workers for an election. They shall be responsible for training all poll workers of their specific duties to be conducted on Election Day. Please see the poll worker application to your right.
In Mississippi, every year is an election year. In years when no federal elections are held, Mississippi voters go to the polls to elect state, county, or city officials. Elections for all state offices and most county-level offices are held in years preceding Presidential Elections.
TYPES OF ELECTIONS:
- Primary Elections are held for the purpose of determining party nominees and are conducted by the different parties' executive committees.
- General Elections are held for the purpose of determining public officials. General Elections are a function of government rather than political parties and are conducted by the county election commission.
- Special Elections are held at a time and place set by a County Board of Supervisors or the Governor in the event of a vacancy in a statewide or district office. The governor issues a proclamation calling for a special Election when such a vacancy occurs. Special Elections are conducted by the county election commission.