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Voting & Elections Toolkits

Voting and advocacy resources by librarians for librarians

Mail Ballot

Nevada is now a universal vote by mail state, so all registered voters will receive a ballot by mail and no request is necessary. Voted ballots must be received by 7pm on Election Day (if hand delivered), or postmarked by Election Day in order to be counted. You can sign up to track your mail ballot on your Secretary of State website. Contact your local elections office for more information.

Voter Registration in Nevada

Registration Eligibility

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

  • Age: Must be 18 years+, on or before the date of the election, to register. At 17 years old, citizens can preregister.
  • Citizenship: Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Residence: Must have continuously resided in Nevada at least 30 days for county elections or 10 days for precinct elections.
  • Formerly incarcerated individuals: Eligible if not in prison and not on parole. Eligible if on probation.

Registered voters of Nevada can choose from three options to cast their ballot:

  • Mail ballot voting
  • Early voting
  • In-person voting on election day

Source: Nevada Secretary of State

Registration Forms

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

Online: Fill out the Online Voter Registration applicationYou 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. 

By Mail: Download the mail-in form, then follow these steps. 

Same-day: Nevada offers Same-day Registration at polling place. Same-Day-Registrants are required to present a Nevada Driver's License or valid form of ID to vote. 


Additional Forms

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.

 

      

Registration Deadlines

The deadlines to register to vote are as follows:

  • By Mail - 28 days before the primary or general election.
  • In Person - 28 days before the primary or general election.
  • Online -  By the Thursday preceding the primary or general election.

Additionally, Nevada offers Same-day Registration at polling place with a Driver's License or valid form of ID.

Visit the web page Registered Voter Services to do the following:

  • Verify your voter registration information
  • Update your mail ballot preference
  • View your voting history
  • Find a polling location
  • See who elected representatives are
  • View a sample ballot

ID Requirements for Nevada Voters

ID Requirements for Registration

The following are ID requirements to register to vote. For voting requirements, see the "ID for Voting" tab above.

Online Registration & ID: A Nevada drivers license or state ID is required. Access the online application.

Mail-in Registration & ID: Download the mail-in form hereYou must provide one of the following when filling out the form:

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

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

General Voters & ID: If you've voted in the state of Nevada before, registered in person, or provided ID at the time of registration, you do not need to show an ID to vote.

First-Time Voters & ID: If you are a first time voter, and did not provide acceptable identification when filling out your registration form, you may be asked to show a form of ID at the polls such as a:

  • Current Nevada drivers' license
  • Current Nevada state ID card
  • Armed Forces ID card
  • Sheriff's Work ID card
  • ID card issued by an Agency of the State of Nevada or other political subdivision
  • Student ID card
  • US Passport
  • Tribal ID card

Sourced from the Nevada Secretary of State.

Visit the National Conference of State Legislatures national Voter ID Laws page for more.

Casting a Ballot in Nevada

Election Schedule 2024

  • Oct. 8, 2024: CLOSE OF VOTER REGISTRATION BY MAIL - (the 4th Tuesday preceding the Primary or General election) Last day a person may register to vote by mail. (must be postmarked by this date)
  • Oct. 19, 2024: Early In-Person Voting begins. (Always the 3rd Saturday before the General Election through the Friday preceding the General Election). During this period, voters can request to vote early in-person at designated Early Voting locations. 
  • Oct. 22, 2024: Last day to update registration and be mailed a ballot. (Always on the 14th calendar day preceding the Primary Election before 5 p.m.)
  • Nov. 5, 2024: General Election. (Always the 1st Tuesday after the 1st Monday in November in each even-numbered year). Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.)

Full 2024 Election Calendar

 

Absentee voting

Absentee eligibility: "Effective Absentee System for Elections", or EASE, is available to active members of the United States Armed Forces, their spouses and dependents, Nevada voters who reside outside of the country, and voters with disabilities. More information at NVEASE.gov (site available no sooner than 45 days before Election Day)      


Nevada is now a universal vote by mail state, so all registered voters will receive a ballot by mail and no request is necessary. Voted ballots must be received by 7pm on Election Day (if hand delivered), or postmarked by Election Day in order to be counted. You can sign up to track your mail ballot on your Secretary of State website. Contact your local elections office for more information.

 

 

Polling places by county

Below you will find links to early voting and election day polling locations by county.

Voting is 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

**The Help America Vote Act requires every polling location to have at least one ADA compliant voting system**

County Early Voting and Election Day
Carson City    County Locations
Churchill County Locations
Clark County Locations
Douglas County Locations
Elko County Locations
Esmeralda County Locations
Eureka County Locations
Humboldt County Locations
Lander County Locations
Lincoln County Locations
Lyon County Locations
Mineral County Locations
Nye County Locations
Pershing County Locations
Storey County Locations
Washoe County Locations
White Pine County Locations

 

Source here

Rides to the polls

Many organizations offer free or discounted rides to polling places. In the past these have included:

Voters can also visit RideShare2Vote for assistance: https://rideshare2vote.com/nevada/ 

Help for voters with disabilities

  • Nevada Disability Advocacy and Law Center
  • Nevada's Effective Absentee System for Elections (EASE) is an online application that " integrates voter registration and electronic ballot delivery and marking."
    • Prior to April 2020, EASE was only accessible to military personnel, but it is now open for voters with disabilities.
  • Voters who are covered under UOCAVA will be able to access the application ballots from the comfort of their homes, available 45 days before the General Election, to:
    • Register
    • Request
    • Mark
    • Return

 

Sample Ballot Lookup from Ballotedia


 

Elections

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

 

Sample Ballot Lookup from Ballotedia


 

Primaries vs. general elections

  • Primary elections are held to choose a candidate for each party (ex. Democratic or Republican) to represent said political parties in the general election. The parties' candidates will then compete against each other in the general election for the office/position.
  • 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.

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

How to submit a complaint?

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.

Important Dates (2024)

  • Oct. 8, 2024: CLOSE OF VOTER REGISTRATION BY MAIL - (the 4th Tuesday preceding the Primary or General election) Last day a person may register to vote by mail. (must be postmarked by this date)
  • Oct. 19, 2024: Early In-Person Voting begins. (Always the 3rd Saturday before the General Election through the Friday preceding the General Election). During this period, voters can request to vote early in-person at designated Early Voting locations. 
  • Oct. 22, 2024: Last day to update registration and be mailed a ballot. (Always on the 14th calendar day preceding the Primary Election before 5 p.m.)
  • Nov. 5, 2024: General Election. (Always the 1st Tuesday after the 1st Monday in November in each even-numbered year). Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.)

All voters will have these races on their general election ballot:

  • U.S. Representative
  • U.S. Senate
  • State Senator
  • State Representative
  • Judicial seats

Voters may also have one or more of these races on their ballot:

  • County Officials
  • City Officers
  • School Board Members
  • Township Officers
  • Local ballot questions

Voter Bill of Rights

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

Contact Elected Officials

View this contact list to find your representative.

This includes federal, state, and local representatives. At the link, you can find options by phone, fax, or email.

 

General Resources on Voting and Elections

General Resources on Voting and Elections


Election Protection Hotlines


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

1-888-VE-Y-VOTA (888-839-8682) (en Español)

1-888-API-VOTE (888-274-8683) (Asian multilingual assistance)

1-844-YALLA-US (844-925-5287) (Arabic)


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

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