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Nevada Mail Ballots

ALERT: Due to COVID-19 (coronavirus), all registered voters will be mailed a ballot automatically. You may mark your ballot and return using the pre-paid postage or dropping it off in person at designated county locations. All voters are encouraged to register to vote as soon as possible to allow for the absentee ballots to be mailed.  If you have any questions, please contact your Secretary of State.

 

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Early Voting

Early Voting for the Tuesday, November 3, 2020 General Election begins on October 17th and ends on October 30th. Early voting is available and takes ... Read More

Drop Boxes

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Upcoming Election Dates & Registration Deadlines

Some elections in this list are local and do not apply for all Nevada voters. Please click the “View all” button below to view all election dates in your state.

Next Election: General
Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Registration Deadlines

Thursday, October 29, 2020
By Mail
Tuesday, October 6, 2020
In Person
Tuesday, November 3, 2020
There are no additional election dates scheduled at this time.

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Nevada Voting Information

Absentee Ballot Process

Absentee voting is available and no excuse is required. The last day to request an absentee ballot is 14 days before the election (October 20, 2020). You can return your absentee ballot request form through the mail or in person. 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. Absentee ballots begin being counted on October 19th. Contact your local elections office for more information.

Even though all active registered voters will receive a ballot in the mail for the 2020 general election, voters can choose to vote in person at a polling place instead of voting by mail. Do not mail a ballot and vote in person. Voters who choose to vote in person will have two options:

  1. Early Voting - Early voting begins on Saturday, October 17 and runs through Friday, October 30.  Days and hours of operation vary by county.  A list of early voting polling places by county can be found here.  In order to avoid lines on Election Day, all voters who wish to vote in person are encouraged to vote early.
  2. Election Day - Polling locations open at 7:00 am on Election Day and remain open until 7:00 pm.  As long as you are in line by 7:00 pm, you will be allowed to vote.  A list of Election Day polling places by county can be found here.

All registered voters may request to vote by mail. The deadline to request an absentee ballot is 5pm, 14 days before the election. All absentee ballots must be received by 7pm on Election Day, or postmarked by Election Day and received 7 days after the election, in order to be counted.

If you are voting for the first time by mail, you must provide a copy of an acceptable form of ID either with your registration application or absentee ballot request form. You must provide proof of identity and residency. Acceptable forms of ID are:

  • A current and valid Nevada driver's license
  • A current and valid ID card
  • A current and valid ID card issued by a branch of the Armed Forces of the US
  • A current and valid ID card issued by a sheriff of a Nevada county to an employee as a condition of employment by certain business enterprises
  • A current and valid ID card issued by an agency of the State of Nevada or political subdivision thereof or the US, including, without limitation, a public school, college or university
  • A current and valid student ID card from an accredited private school, college or university
  • A current and valid US passport
  • A current and valid insurance plan ID card which the county clerk determines, in his or her discretion, to be a reliable indication of the true name and identity of the person
  • A current and valid tribal ID card

IDs establishing residency may include:

  • Any form of ID listed above
  • Current and valid utility bill, including, without limitation, a bill for electricity, gas, oil, water, sewer, septic, telephone, cellular telephone or cable TV
  • Current and valid bank or credit union statement
  • Current and valid paycheck
  • Current and valid income tax return
  • Current and valid statement concerning mortgage, rental or lease of a residence
  • Current and valid motor vehicle registration
  • Current and valid document issued by a governmental agency
  • Current and valid property tax statement
  • Any other official article which the county clerk determines, in his or her discretion, to be a reliable indication of the true residential address of the person

You may request to become a permanent absentee voter. You need to provide written notice to your County Clerk and ask to receive an absentee ballot for all elections you are eligible to vote in.

Overseas citizens and U.S. military personnel can find information on how to register to vote and request an absentee ballot at the Overseas Vote Foundation.

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Campaign Finance Information

For information on federal campaign contributions, please visit Open Secrets.

For information on state campaign contributions, please visit your state's resource.

Candidate and Ballot Measure Information

Official results are not available on Election Day. Official election results will be uploaded on Nevada’s Secretary of State website as they become available.

Information on local, state and federal candidates and ballot measures may be available here.

To see a list of available races, visit the race index.

Drop Boxes

Ballot drop-off locations are available here.  

Early Voting

Early Voting for the Tuesday, November 3, 2020 General Election begins on October 17th and ends on October 30th.

Early voting is available and takes place at locations throughout the state beginning 14 days before an election. Please contact your local county clerk's office for specific dates and times.

Election Dates

The next election dates can be found here https://www.vote411.org/nevada.

Contact your local Board of Elections for more information.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to vote you must be:

  • 18 years of age or older (you may pre-register at 17 years old)
  • A U.S. citizen
  • A resident of Nevada for 30 days before an election and have continuously lived in your precinct 10 days before the election
  • Not declared by a court to be mentally incompetent
  • Not convicted of a felony or have had your civil rights restored

Note: Recent legislation has provided for automatic restoration of the right to vote for those who have been honorably discharged from prison, probation or parole, with certain exceptions related to the seriousness of the crime committed.

ID Needed for Voter Registration

You should show ID when you register. If not, you will be required to show ID at the polls. ID must show proof of residence, proof of identity, and a picture is required.

Examples of recommended identification include

  • a driver's license
  • any government issued ID.

If the current photo identification does not include your current address please bring

  • a copy of a current utility bill
  • bank statement
  • government check
  • or other government document that shows your name and current residence address
ID Needed for Voting?

If your name appears on the list at the polling location, you do not need to show any ID in order to vote.

If you are a first time voter, and did not provide an acceptable form of ID with your registration from, you may be asked to show ID at the polls, such as:

  • 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

Other forms of ID may be used. Please check with your County Clerk for more information.

Overseas and Military Voters

You are a Military or Overseas voter if you are in uniformed services, living overseas OR a spouse or dependent of a uniformed services voter. To get registered and vote, you can utilize Overseas Vote Foundation.

If you have additional questions about elections and voting overseas you can use our state specific elections official directory or contact the Overseas Vote Foundation.

Poll Worker Information

Visit www.workelections.com to find localized information for becoming a poll worker in your area.

In order to be a poll worker in Nevada, you must:

  • Be registered to vote in Nevada
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Be a resident of the county
  • Complete required training

Students 16 years or older who are enrolled in high school may be appointed if they meet all other voter requirements. You will be entitled to compensation. To sign up, contact your local board of elections.

Polling Place Hours

Polling place hours of operation are from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm.

Polling Place Locator

You can find your polling place by utilizing your state resource. If you have further questions on your polling place location, please contact your county clerk.

Provisional Voting

You may vote a provisional ballot if you say you are registered and able to vote at that polling location, but your name does not appear on the voter registration list. Or, if the polling place has extended hours due to a court order or other order extending the time established for the closing of the polls.

Provisional ballots are counted 6 working days after the election.

Provisions for Voters with Disabilities

You have the right to request assistance in voting if necessary. For more information, you can utilize your state's resource and the American Association of People With Disabilities (AAPD) resource.

Registration Deadline

Election Day registration is available! All mailed registration applications must be postmarked 28 days before an election. Online registrations are due the Thursday before the election.

You can now register to vote online! You must have a driver's license or ID card issued by the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles in order to complete this form. If you do not have either of these, you must register to vote by mail or in person.

Not registered? Use our registration tool to fill out your application!

Time Off To Vote

Employers must grant employees up to three hours paid leave to vote, unless polls are open three hours before or after regular working shift. If you live equal to or less than 2 miles away from your polling place, you are granted 1 hour of civil leave. Greater than 2 and equal to or less than 10 miles grants the employee 2 hours. Greater than 10 miles grants the employee 3 hours. The time off should be paid.

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Voting Machines

The voting system used in Nevada is DRE.

Direct Recording Electronic (DRE): This is the newest kind of system in use in the U.S. All the information about who and what you are voting for is on an electronic screen like a TV or computer screen.

There are many variations of DREs because lots of companies are inventing new ones, and many cities, counties and states are trying them out. Usually, after you have signed in, the poll workers will give you a card that you slide into a device to start your voting session.

Some of these devices will show all of the candidates and ballot choices on one big screen. Often, with these big screen devices you push a button next to the name of the candidate you want to vote for (or yes or no on a ballot measure). On other DREs, the screen is set up to show pages. On each screen or page, there will probably be one thing to vote on. For example, on one screen or page, you might vote for president. Then you might move to the next page to vote for senator. Often these small-screen devices have a touch screen, where you touch the screen next to the name of the person you want to vote for. Other devices have a key pad. And some have a keyboard, so you can write in the name of someone you want to vote for.

You let the system know you are finished voting by pushing a button, touching the screen or entering something on a keypad.

You can learn more about voting systems by checking out the Elections Assistance Commission's (EAC) resource.

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