Voter Information 2017

 

Welcome to the City of Biloxi’s online voter information section. One of the most important responsibilities of a citizen is to exercise their right to vote. You’ll find links to helpful information here. This page has been updated to include information about the 2017 municipal elections.

 

The candidates

Vote Tuesday June 6
7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

 

Mayor
Andrew “FoFo” Gilich (R)
Sugar Stallings (D)
 

 

Ward 1
William Kai Landry (R)
George W. Lawrence (D)

 

Ward 2
Felix O. Gines (D)
Ronald Weeks (R)

 

Ward 3
Dixie Newman (R)

 

Ward 4
Robert L. Deming III (R)

 

Ward 5
Paul A. Tisdale (R)

 

Ward 6
Kenny J. Glavan Sr. (R)

 

Ward 7
Nathan Barrett (R)

Who’s running?

Here how it works: Those interested in running for municipal office file a Statement of Intent with the city’s municipal clerk by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 3. This completed form and $10 filing fee declares their intention to run for elective office in Biloxi. Municipal Clerk Stacy Thacker then presents the Statements of Intent to either the Democratic or Republican executive committees, depending on which party the potential candidate hopes to represent. The executive committees, which are actually conducting the primary elections, will review the paperwork, and if the individual meets the statutory requirements (residency, age, etc.), the committee certifies the candidate to appear on the party primary ballot. Those who wish to qualify as an Independent candidate must submit a Statement of Intent with 50 signatures of registered voters of the ward where the candidate proposes to run. Those signatures will then be validated before the would-be Independent’s candidacy is certified. Those listed in The List at right have filed their completed Statements of Intent by the 5 p.m. deadline on March 3. The Democratic and Republican committees are expected to review the paperwork after the March 3 deadline.

 

When to vote

The upcoming municipal elections begin with Democratic and Republican primaries. When you go to your polling place on May 2, you will have to vote either as a Democrat or Republican. If no candidate receives more than 50 percent of the vote in a party primary, there will be a runoff election between the top two candidates in that race. The runoff, if needed, would be May 16. The general election, where ballots feature Democrats, Republicans and Independent candidates on the same ballot, will be June 6. Polling places for all elections are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.  To read about absentee voting, click here.

 

Where to vote

To see the map showing the seven wards and polling places for municipal elections in Biloxi, click here. Note that two polling places have changed for the 2017 municipal elections. In Ward 2, those who formerly voted at the Saenger Theater will now vote at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Municipal Building 676 MLK Blvd. In Ward 6, those who formerly voted at the Business Technology Center will now vote at the A.J. Holloway Sports Complex 765 Wells Drive.
See the map

 

Are you a registered voter?

If you have voted in a previous Biloxi municipal election, you’re probably a registered voter. If not, here are some simple qualifications: You must be at least 18 years of age by the date of the general election, and you must be a resident of the ward in which you wish to vote for at least 30 days before the election. The office of Harrison County Circuit Clerk Connie Ladner maintains voter rolls and registration for the City of Biloxi. If you are not registered to vote, or if you have changed your address or name, you should update information at the Harrison County Circuit Clerk’s Office, at MLK Boulevard and Lameuse Street in Biloxi. Call (228) 435-8276 or (228) 435-8233. You may also register by mail as well. To see the forms, contact information and to read more information, click here.

 

The overall 2017 municipal election calendar

For voters

  • Saturday, April 1, 8 a.m.  to noon – Deadline to register to vote in the Primary and Primary Runoff Election, if you are not already registered or if you have moved. Biloxi City Hall will be open 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 1 to accommodate last-minute registrants.
  • Saturday, April 22, 8 a.m. to noon – Municipal Clerk’s Office at Biloxi City Hall will be open for in-person absentee voting for Primary Election.
  • Saturday, April 29, 8 a.m. to noon – Deadline to vote in person at Biloxi City Hall by absentee ballot for Primary Election. (Absentee ballots by mail must be received by Municipal Clerk by 5 p.m. on May 1.)
  • Tuesday, May 2 – Primary Election. Polls open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 6, 8 a.m. to noon – Deadline to register to vote in the General Election, if you are not already registered, or if you have moved.
  • Saturday, May 6 and May 13, 8 a.m. to noon  Municipal Clerk’s Office at Biloxi City Hall will be open for in-person absentee voting for Primary Election Runoff, if necessary.
  • Tuesday, May 16  Run-off election, if necessary. Polls open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 27, 8 a.m. to noon – Municipal Clerk’s Office at Biloxi City Hall will be open for in-person absentee voting for General Election.
  • Saturday, June 3, 8 a.m. to noon – Deadline to vote in person at Biloxi City Hall by absentee ballot for General Election. (Absentee ballots by mail must be received by Municipal Clerk by 5 p.m. on June 5.)
  • Tuesday, June 6 – General Election. Polls open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

For candidates

  • Friday, March 3, 5 p.m. – Qualifying deadline for candidates
  • Tuesday, April 25 – Primary Pre-Election Campaign Finance Report due (covers Jan. 1 through April 22)
  • Tuesday, May 5 – Primary Runoff Campaign Finance Report (covers previous from April 23 through May 6)
  • Within 15 days of Qualifying – Candidates must file a Statement of Economic Interest form with the Mississippi Ethics Commission.

 

More info?

To see the Voter Information Guide, mailed to all residents in Biloxi on March 2, 2017, click here.

You may contact Biloxi Municipal Clerk Stacy Thacker at sthacker@biloxi.ms.us or (228) 435-6254, or the Circuit Clerk/Harrison County Voter Registrar’s office in Biloxi at (228) 435-8276 or (228) 435-8233, or via e-mail at rslee@co.harrison.ms.us.