Voting At The Polls

At your polling place, you will be asked to show photo and signature identification. Your Driver's License is ideal since it contains your photo and signature. Click here for the list of 12 acceptable forms of IDs. If you do not have proper identification, you will be given a provisional ballot to complete and place in an envelope. If you make a mistake on your ballot, take it to a poll worker and you will be given a new ballot. You are entitled up to three ballots

How To Mark Your Ballot Correctly 


  • Use only the marking device provided in the voting booth.
  • If you make a mistake, don't hesitate to ask for a new ballot. If you erase or make other marks, your vote may not count.
  • To vote for a candidate whose name is not printed on the ballot, fill in the oval and write the candidates name on the blank line provided for such a write-in candidate.

Sample Ballot

You must completely fill in the ovalfor you vote to count. Any other mark may not be read by the scanner.

You must write in the nameANDfill in the oval next to the name, for the write-in vote to count.

Also, the write-in candidate must be aQUALIFIEDcandidate. Check with your precinct clerk for a list of qualified write-in candidates.

Do NOT use a check mark.

Do NOT mark the oval with an X.

Do NOT circle the oval

Dominion ICE

VBM Central Count Scanner is the optical scan voting machine used in Desoto County to count ballots at the precincts.

Enhanced Ballot

Used for delivery of electronic ballots for delivering ADA compliant ballots.

Voting Terminology


When you make a mistake on your ballot, this is considered a Spoiled Ballot and you may ask for a replacement. You may receive up to two replacements or a total of three ballots.


An Overvote is when you vote for more than the number of candidates allowed in a race. If a race is overvoted, the Accu-Vote will return the ballot to the voter. The voter must then return the spoiled ballot to the clerk and receive a new ballot.


An Undervote is when you do not vote in a particular race. That race will not be counted. The Accu-Vote will not return the ballot to the voter unless the entire ballot is blank.

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