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Continuing Updates on the 2020 Election

Last updated: 9/24/2020

Nevada COVID-19 Election Information:

  • Nevada COVID-19 Updates
  • The 2020 General Election will be a "hybrid" election.
    • Active registered voters will be sent a ballot in the mail, but voters can choose to vote in person instead of casting a mail ballot if they want to.
  • Voters can now sign up for ballot tracking and ballot status alerts here.
  • Ballot and sample ballot mailing dates by county can be found here.
  • Early voting, Election Day, and ballot drop-off locations by county can be found here.
  • The Secretary of State prepared a Facts vs Myths document to address misinformation regarding the 2020 General Election.

Voter Registration in Nevada

Eligibility

Check your eligibility here.

To register to vote in Nevada you must meet the following qualifications:

  • Age: Must be at least 17 years old (if preregistering to vote) or at least 18 years old by the date of the election (if registering to vote)
  • Formerly incarcerated individuals: May vote if not in prison and not on parole. Individuals on probation may vote.
  • Citizenship: Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Residence: Must have continuously resided in their Nevada county at least 30 days before the date of the election; and
    • Must have continuously resided in their precinct at least 10 days before the date of the election.
  • College students can either vote absentee in their home state or register to vote in NV
    • Please be sure to meet the deadlines for absentee voting.
  • Check to see if you are already registered

Source: Nevada Secretary of State

For more information about registering to vote, visit the Nevada Secretary of State website.

Deadline

  • May 12, 2020 is the registration deadline for the 2020 primary election.
  • October 29, 2020 is the deadline for in-person registration.
  • October 6, 2020 is the deadline for postmark of mail-in registration for the general election.
  • Guidelines for deadlines can be found in the FAQ under "Can I register to vote on Election Day?"
  • Election Calendar
  • Nevada offers election-day registration at polling place.

Online registration

To use the online voter registration system you must have a current and valid driver’s license, learner’s permit or non-driver photo identification card issued by the NV Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and a signature on file with DMV.

Online registration form (in English and Spanish).

Mail-in registration

Printable forms (in English and Spanish).

Refer to the box below for information about ID requirements.

Choosing a political party   

You may choose a political party affiliation when you register, but it is not required.                 

Updating registration      

To update registration after a move, name change, or change of political party affiliation, use the voter registration form.

Cancelling registration

To cancel registration, use the voter registration form.

ID Requirements for Nevada Voters

ID Requirements for Registration

Online Registration

For online voter registration, a Nevada drivers license or state ID is required.

Mail-in Registration

An ID is not required for mail-in registration, but you must provide one of the documents listed:

  • Driver’s license number, OR
  • Last four digits of Social Security number, OR
  • You must present a valid residential address (P.O. Box is not accepted) and a mailing address if it is different from residential

Mail-in registration to your County/Clerk Registrar.

If you cannot meet any of the above requirements, you may select the option that states you do not have neither of the documents listed above; you will be contacted by your County Election Department for more information once your application is received.

ID Requirements for Voting

First-Time Voters

If you're voting in Nevada for the first time, registered to vote by mail or online, and didn't provide ID when you registered, be sure to bring a copy of your photo ID, OR a

  • utility bill
  • bank statement
  • government check
  • paycheck
  • government document

that shows your name and address when you vote.

All Other Voters

If you've voted in Nevada before, registered in person, or provided ID at the time of registration, you don't need to show ID to vote.

Source: Nevada Election Center (vote.org)

Casting a Ballot in Nevada

Important Dates

  • Primary Election: June 9, 2020
  • General Election: November 3, 2020
  • Early voting: October 17 - October 30, 2020

 

For more information, please see the 2020 Calendar & Events page regarding registration and voting.

Absentee voting

Deadline for Requesting an Absent Ballot

  • request must be received by county clerk no later than 5 p.m.
  • request must be received 14 calendar days prior to an election

Uniformed and Overseas Citizens

  • Effective Absentee System for Elections (EASE)
    • application is available for use by Active members of the United States Armed Forces, their spouses and dependents, and Nevada voters who reside outside of the United States.

Who is eligible to use an absentee ballot?

Any registered voter may request to vote by mail. You must complete and submit an Absent Ballot Request Form to the County Clerk/Registrar of Voters in the county you're registered to vote.

Polling places and hours

TBD

Source: Nevada Secretary of State

Rides to the polls

Many organizations offer free rides to polling places. Some of these include:

  • Lyft provides free or discounted rides in some underserved communities.

Help for voters with disabilities

ballots from the comfort of their homes. The application is available 45 days before the General Election. 

Elections

Primaries vs. general elections

  • Primary elections are conducted to select each party’s candidates in the general election.
  • In Nevada, a voter must be a member of a political party in order to vote in that party’s primary.
  • In a general election, voters are not required to have a party affiliation.

Jurisdiction

Offices/Measures That May Appear on the Ballot

Federal (even years)

President/Vice-President (elected every four years; next election in 2020)

Senator (elected every six years for staggered terms; next election in 2020)

Representative (elected every two years)

State (even years)

Governor/Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, State Treasurer, State Comptroller, Attorney General, Judges of Probate (elected every four years; next election in 2022)

State Senator (elected every two years)

State Representative (elected every two years)

Statewide ballot measures

Municipal (odd years)

School Board and other boards and commissions

Mayor or First Selectman

Town Clerk

Registrar of Voters

Tax Collector

Treasurer

Aldermen or Selectmen

Constable

Local ballot measures

Who are the candidates, and what else is on the ballot?

Important Dates

Primary Election is June 9, 2020

Election Day is November 3, 2020

Who conducts elections?

  • The Nevada Secretary of State is the Commissioner of Elections oversees statewide and local elections
  • The Registrars of Voters maintains voter rolls for each municipality
  • Town Clerks prepare ballots and administer balloting for each municipality

Voter Bill of Rights

Nevadan's Voter Bill of Rights in English and Spanish.

Where to go with complaints about candidates or how elections are conducted

Report Potential Election Law Violation in Nevada to the Nevada Secretary of State.

Campaign finance

"All candidates for statewide, county and local elected office in Nevada are required by law to file Campaign Contributions and Expenses (C&E) Reports electronically with the Secretary of State. C&E Reports are filed four times per election cycle during election years." 

The AURORA Campaign Finance Reporting System provides access to

  • Candidates/Incumbents
  • Political Action Committees
  • PAC Advocating Passage or Defeat of a Ballot Question
  • Recall Committees
  • Political Parties and Committees Sponsored by Political Parties

How to contact your elected officials:

Contact your federal, state, and local representatives.

General Resources on Voting and Elections

General Resources on Voting and Elections


Hotlines


1-866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683)

1-888-VE-Y-VOTA (en Español)

1-888-API-VOTE (Asian multilingual assistance)


Voter Registration & Election Day Resources

Find useful voter information including:

  • Local Election Office and Contact Information
  • Address, Telephone and Email for Local Election Offices
  • Upcoming Federal Election Dates and Deadlines
  • Upcoming State Election Dates and Deadlines
  • Eligibility Requirements
  • Identification Requirements
  • Voter Materials Transmission Options
  • State Lookup Tools – Am I Registered? Where’s my Ballot?

Population-Specific information and Resources

Voting Rights: Laws, Cases, Policy

Voter Engagement

Voter Education

Campaign Finance/Funding Information

Primary Sources, Lesson Plans & Exhibits

Disclaimer

Librarians from the Government Documents Round Table (GODORT), a Round Table of the American Library Association (ALA), created these reference guides. These guides are intended for informational purposes only and are not in any way intended to be legal advice.

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