JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – The 2022 General Election Day is here in Mississippi, and voters will head to the polls to make their decisions for multiple races in the state.

WJTV 12 News is Your Local Election Headquarters and will have you covered throughout Election Day. Check back here for live updates throughout the day (all times local, latest updates will appear at top):

12:12 a.m.

Democrat Bennie Thompson was re-elected to the U.S. House in Mississippi’s 2nd Congressional District.

9:23 p.m.

Republican Mike Ezell was elected to the U.S. House in Mississippi’s 4th Congressional District. He defeated Democrat Johnny Dupree and Libertarian Alden Johnson.

9:21 p.m.

Republican Trent Kelly was reelected to the U.S. House in Mississippi’s 1st Congressional District. He defeated Democrat Dianne Black.

Republican Michael Guest was reelected to the U.S. House in Mississippi’s 3rd Congressional District. He defeated Democrat Shuwaski Young.

8:00 p.m.

The Mississippi Department of Information Technology Services released a statement after the Secretary of State’s (SOS) website saw outages throughout Election Day on November 8.

They said an abnormally large increase in traffic volume due to DDoS activity caused the public facing side of the website to be periodically inaccessible.

“We want to be extremely clear and reassure Mississippians our election system is secure and has not been compromised,” the statement said.

7:00 p.m.

Polls for the November 8 Elections closed at 7:00 p.m. Any voter in line at 7:00 p.m. is legally entitled to cast a ballot. 

3:05 p.m.

The Mississippi Secretary of State’s Office announced several state websites have experienced issues on Tuesday, including the Secretary of State’s Office.

If you are having trouble accessing election information, contact the Elections Hotline (1-800-829-6786), your local Circuit Clerk, or your local Election Commissioner.

2:58 p.m.

WJTV 12 News had a chance to catch up with the candidates for Mississippi’s 3rd Congressional District, Republican Rep. Michael Guest and Democrat Shuwaski Young.

“I think that Americans want a change. I think that we’re seeing that today. We are seeing and getting reports of huge turnouts, particularly for a midterm election throughout the district, and we believe that that is going to send a signal when votes are counted after the polls closed at seven, that we’re going to see that red wave originate here in Mississippi,” said Guest.

“Democracy is on the ballot. How we actually are viewed as a state as a whole is on the ballot, and we’re asking everyone to go out and vote. If you haven’t voted just yet, make sure that you stay in line all the way till 7 p.m.,” said Young.

1:20 p.m.

WJTV 12 News’ sister station, WREG, reported problems at a DeSoto County, Mississippi polling place led to 35 voters getting paper ballots Tuesday morning.

When poll workers arrived at Horn Lake Fire Station No. 3, they say one machine was not plugged in. Poll workers had to figure out the problem.

A manager at that location said the paper ballots were put into the secure lock box under the voting machine, and she would take them out at the end of the day and scan them in.

Things were running smoothly by later in the morning.

11:13 a.m.

There’s been a steady stream of people coming to polling locations in Mississippi to cast their votes.

Rep. Michael Guest (R-Miss.) cast his ballot at Brandon Baptist Church on Tuesday. He’s running for re-election for Mississippi’s 3rd Congressional District against Democrat Shuwaski Young.

10:53 a.m.

The candidates for Mississippi’s 2nd Congressional District cast their ballots Tuesday morning. Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson faces Republican Brian Flowers in the race.

7:00 a.m.

Polls for the November 8 Elections opened at 7:00 a.m. and close at 7:00 p.m. Any voter in line at 7:00 p.m. is legally entitled to cast a ballot. 

Problems at the polls observed by State observers or otherwise reported to the Elections Division will be referred to the authorities, including the Attorney General’s Office or the appropriate District Attorney’s Office.

  • Voter ID Affidavit Ballot Deadline: Voters who cast an affidavit ballot by reason of voter ID must present an acceptable form of photo ID to their Circuit Clerk’s Office by November 15.
  • Polling Place Location: Contact your county Circuit Clerk’s Office or local Election Commissioners to verify your polling place. 
  • Voter Photo ID: Voters are required to show photo identification at the polls. A voter without an acceptable form of photo identification is entitled to cast an affidavit ballot.
  • Campaigning: It is unlawful to campaign for any candidate within 150 feet of any entrance to a polling place, unless on private property. 
  • Loitering: The polling places should be clear for 30 feet from every entrance of all people except elections officials, voters waiting to vote, or authorized poll watchers.
  • Camera Phones: Voters are prohibited from taking pictures of their marked ballot.

For questions regarding election day, contact the Elections Division at ElectionsAnswers@sos.ms.gov or contact the hotline at 1-800-829-6786.

Results will start coming in soon after polls close at 7 p.m. As soon as they do, you can find real-time results on WJTV’s election results page.