League of Women Voters

Nevada Voting Guide

Registration Deadlines
In Person:
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
By Mail:
Postmarked by Tuesday, October 9, 2018 Online: Thursday, October 18, 2018
Election Dates:
Tuesday, November 6, 2018 (General Election)
Secretary of State
101 North Carson Street
Suite 3
Carson City, NV 89701

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to vote in Nevada you must be:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • A U.S. citizen
  • A resident of Nevada for 30 days preceding an 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 or any government issued ID. If the current photo identification does not include the voters current address please bring, a copy of a current utility bill, bank statemet, government check, or other government document that shows voter's name and current residence address is required.

ID Needed for Voting?

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. Acceptable forms of ID include:

  • 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
  • Tribale ID card

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

Registration Deadline

You can register to vote in person up to 21 days before the election. All mailed registration applications must be postmarked 31 days before an election.

You can now register to vote online! You must have a driver's license or ID card issued by the Nevada Department of Moter 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!

Verify Voter Registration

You can verify your voter registration status by utilizing your state's tool.

Absentee Ballot Process

All registered voters may request to vote by mail. To request an absentee ballot, complete the Absentee Ballot Request Form and submit to the County Clerk in the county where you are registered to vote. All absentee ballots must be received by 7pm on Election Day 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. Accepable forms of ID are:

  • Current Nevada driver's license
  • Current Nevada State ID Card
  • Rent receipt with pre-printed address
  • Bank statement or pre-printed check
  • Credit card statement
  • Car registration or proof of insurance
  • Government document (tax bill, income info.)
  • Current utility bill

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.

Overseas and Military Voters

You are a Military or Overseas voter if you are in uniformed services, living overseas OR a spouse or dependant 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.

Early Voting

Early voting is available for all registered voters 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 date is Tuesday, November 6, 2018 (General Election). Mailed registrations must be postmarked by Tuesday, October 9, 2018. In person registrations end Tuesday, October 16, 2018. You may register online until Thursday, October 18, 2018.

Contact your local Board of Elections for more information.

Poll Worker Information

In order to be a poll worker in Nevada:

  • You must be registered to vote in Nevada
  • You will be entitled to compensation
  • You must be at least 18 years of age
  • Political affiliation generally preferred
  • You must be a resident of the county
  • You must complete required training
  • Students 16 years or older who are enrolled in high school may be appointed if they meet all other voter requirements

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.

Time Off To Vote

Employers must grant employees up to three hours paid leave to vote, unless polls are open three consecutive hours before or after regular working shift. If the employe lives equal to or less than 2 miles away from their polling place, they are granted 1 hour of civil leave. Greater than 2 and eqaul to or less than 10 miles grants the employee 2 hours. Greater than 10 miles grants the employee 3 hours.

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

Provisional ballots are eligible for verification if cast in correct precinct.

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.

Candidate and Ballot Measure Information

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.

Provisions for Voters with Disabilities

Each voter has the right to request assistance in voting if necessary. For more information, you can utilize the American Association of People With Disabilities (AAPD) resource.

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.

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Election Day Problems?

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