Mississippi Perspective: 600,000 vs 5

If you’re 18 or older and a Mississippi resident, odds are that you’re registered to vote.

Josh Starr, multimedia producer at Ours to Change.

According to the MS Secretary of State’s Office, 1.85 million Mississippians are currently registered to vote. Based on the most recent Census estimates, those 1.85 million registrants account for roughly 80 percent of the state’s voting-aged population.

The Census Bureau also says Mississippi has had one most registered and active voting populations in the U.S for the last four election cycles. In fact, more than 80 percent of registered Mississippians cast their ballots in 2012.

And we can be proud of that. That’s huge. But, unfortunately, the midterm slump hits Mississippi hard. During the midterms of 2010 and 2014, roughly one-third of registered Mississippians simply didn’t show up to the polls.


That’s over 600,000 people not voting in the same state where just 5 votes determined the outcome of the 2018 Starkville mayoral election. You see what 5 can do for one city—the seat of its county and home to Mississippi State University. So, if you think your vote doesn’t count, you’re wrong. It does here. It does now.

We are positioned to make a brighter future for our state. We are ready, we are registered and we are voting—for Mississippi. It’s ours to change.