Nevada Election Information

Upcoming Elections in Your State

November 3, 2020 – General Election

Voter Registration Deadlines & Important Dates
  • October 6: Deadline to register in person or by mail. Must be postmarked by October 6.
  • October 17: Start of early voting
  • October 29: Deadline for on-line registration to voter regular ballot
  • October 20: Last day to request absentee ballot
  • October 30: Last day of early voting
  • November 3: Last day to return postmarked ballot

Same-day registration is available during Early Voting and on Election Day.

For more information, visit the Nevada Secretary of State’s website.

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When You Can Vote

Election Day (State Primary and General Election):

On Election Day, polls open at 7:00 a.m. Pacific time and close at 7:00 p.m. Pacific time. Voters in line to vote by 7:00 PM must be allowed to cast a ballot.

For the June 9, 2020 primary, please contact your county clerk’s office for information regarding in-person voting locations and mail ballot drop-off locations. https://www.nvsos.gov/sos/elections/voters/county-clerk-contact-information

Any registered voter may also vote early, at any location in his or her respective county where early voting is offered. Access to the locations and times for each county is available on the Secretary of State’s website.

For the 2020 state primary election early voting will run from May 23, 2020 to June 5, 2020.

For the 2020 general election, early voting will run from October 17, 2020 to October 30, 2020.

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Where You Can Vote

Clark County registered voters can vote at any of the voting centers in the county. Voters in all other counties can look up their polling place with the Secretary of State’s Voter Search tool. Click on the “Polling Location” tab and enter your information.

For the June 9, 2020 primary, please contact your county clerk’s office for information regarding in-person voting locations and mail ballot drop-off locations. https://www.nvsos.gov/sos/elections/voters/county-clerk-contact-information

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Registering to Vote

2020 State Primary Elections:  June 9, 2020

Registration Deadline: May 12, 2020 (postmarked mail); May 21, 2020 (online); Between May 22, 2020 to June 4, 2020, you may register to vote online, but you MUST vote a paper provisional ballot in-person at the in-person voting site. If you vote by this manner, you will need to show ID and possibly proof of residency.

If you register to vote or update your existing voter registration online from May 22 to June 4, or in-person from May 23 to June 5 or on June 9, you must provide identification and, if needed, proof of residency, to vote a paper provisional mail ballot in-person.

The identification requirements are:

  • Your unexpired Nevada (NV) Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Driver’s License with your current residential address which must match the address in your registration; or
  • Your unexpired NV State Identification Card with your current residential address, which must match the address in your registration; or
  • Your NV DMV temporary “Interim Document” with your current residential address, which must match the address in your voter registration.
  • IF the address on your identification is not your current residential address, meaning it does not match your voter registration residential address and/or if it is not where you currently live, then you must also provide proof of current residency, such as:
    • A military identification card; or
    • A utility bill (electric, gas, oil, water, sewer, septic, phone, cable); or
    • A bank or credit union statement; or
    • A paycheck; or
    • An income tax return; or
    • A mortgage statement, or residential rental or lease agreement; or
    • A motor vehicle registration; or
    • A property tax statement; or
    • Any other document issued by a governmental agency.

The state primary election in Nevada is “closed”, meaning that voters must be registered members of the political party holding the primary to participate.

2020 General Election: November 3, 2020

Voter Registration Deadline: October 6, 2020 (postmarked mail); October 6, 2020 (in-person); October 29, 2020 (online); Same-day registration is available during Early Voting and on Election Day.

How to Check Your Registration: Use the Nevada Secretary of State’s Voter Search tool or call 1-866-OUR-VOTE.

Registration Eligibility: Voters must be U.S. citizens, at least 18 years of age on or before the election, and must have continuously resided in the Nevada county in which they plan to vote for at least 30 days before the election, and in the precinct in which they plan to vote for at least 10 days before the election.

Preregistration EligibilityUS Citizens who are 17 years of age or older, but less than 18 years of age, and have continuously resided in Nevada for 30 days or longer may preregister to vote by any of the means available for a person to register to vote. Individuals who preregister and are otherwise qualified to vote will become officially registered on their 18th birthday.

Felony Convictions: A citizen of Nevada with a criminal conviction may be eligible to vote depending on the type of conviction, the date of the conviction, and whether they have been honorably discharged from parole and probation. For more information, visit the Nevada Secretary of State’s Website.

How to Register: Voters with a valid Nevada driver’s license or DMV identification card may register to vote online: https://nvsos.gov/sosvoterservices/Registration/step1.aspx.

Any voter may mail a paper voting application to his or her county clerk’s office. Contact information for every county clerk’s office can be found on the Nevada Secretary of State’s website.

Voters may also register in person at any Nevada DMV office, at various social service agencies, on college campuses, or at their respective county clerk’s office. Voters may also register in person at the polling place during early voting and/or on election day.

Identification Required for Registration: Voters with a current and valid Nevada driver’s license or Nevada DMV identification card may use it to register online. By providing a driver’s license number, the voter will only have to present identification when voting if this is their first time voting in a federal election and an election official has not matched their information with other existing records.

Voters without a Nevada driver’s license or DMV identification card must register to vote either in person or via mail. Acceptable forms of identification include:

  • Identification card issued by the Department of State
  • Identification card issued by a branch of the Armed Forces of the United States
  • Identification card issue by a sheriff of a Nevada county to an employee as a condition of employment
  • Student identification card from an accredited private school, college or university
  • United States passport
  • Insurance plan identification card which the county clerk determines, in his or her discretion, to be a reliable indication of the true name and identify of the person
  • Tribal identification card

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Voting Early & by Absentee Ballot

If You Want to Vote Early

Any registered voter may also vote early, at any location in his or her respective county where early voting is offered:

Early voting locations and times for every county are available on the Secretary of State’s website. See “When You Can Vote” above for more information.

If You Want to Vote Absentee

Any registered voter may request an absentee ballot. Absentee voters must complete an Absentee Ballot Request Form and submit it to their county clerk/registrar’s office. Contact information for every county clerk is provided on the Secretary of State’s website.

A request to vote by absentee ballot must be received by a voter’s local county election official no later than 5:00 p.m. on the seventh calendar day preceding an election. For the 2020 general election, requests must be received by 5:00 on October 27, 2020.

If a voter has registered to vote by mail and has never voted at the polls in Nevada, he or she cannot vote by absentee ballot unless he or she:

  • Provided identification and proof of residence to the county clerk; or
  • Provided his or her driver’s license number or the last four digits of his or her Social Security Number upon registering to vote; or
  • Is in the military or overseas; or
  • Gets the Absent Ballot Request Form notarized; or
  • Requests an absentee ballot in person at the office of the county clerk/registrar.

Rules and Deadlines

Once a voter has received an absentee ballot, it must be completed and returned to the same county election official no later than 7:00 p.m. on Election Day. For the 2020 general election, absentee ballots must be received by 7:00 on November 3, 2020.

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Identification Requirements

Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot

In Nevada, most voters do not need to present ID in order to vote. There are only two limited exceptions to this rule.

Exception One: (1) this is the voter’s first time voting in a federal election in Nevada; and (2) the voter registered either via mail or online; and (3) the voter did not submit their driver’s license number or last four digits of their SSN when they registered, or an election official was not able to match the voter’s driver’s license or SSN with existing records.  Acceptable forms of ID for Exception One are a current and valid photo ID, including a Nevada driver’s licence or non-driver’s ID card, or a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, or government document that shows the voter’s name and address. (This means voter does not have to show photo ID)

Exception Two: If the election board officer determines that the voter’s signature on the voter register does not match the signature on the voter registration, the voter can be identified by

  • Answering questions from the election board officer about personal data reported on the voter registration; or
  • Reporting other personal data which verifies his or her identity; or
  • Showing his or her driver’s license, DMV identification card, military identification card, or any other form of identification issued by a governmental agency which contains the voter’s signature and physical description or picture.

VoteRiders has created Nevada voter ID info cards in English and in Spanish.

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If You Have Moved Within Your State

Movers can update their voting address either before or on Election Day. If a voter has not updated their registration before Election Day, he or she should go to the polling location associated with his or her new address.

All voters will be permitted to cast a full ballot after providing an oral or written affirmation of their new address.

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If You Are in the Military or Are an Overseas Voter

Military and other overseas citizens may use the standard procedure for absentee voting by mail, but there are also special provisions for members of the U.S. Armed Forces and merchant marine, commissioned corps of the Public Health Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, along with family members of all these groups, and other citizens who reside outside the United States (together these groups are called UOCAVA voters). 

Registering and Requesting an Absentee Ballot

A Uniformed and Overseas Citizen Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) voter who is not already registered in Nevada can both register and request an absentee ballot by completing and sending a Federal Post Card Application form to his or her county clerk. Contact information for every Nevada county clerk can be found on the Nevada Secretary of State’s website.

45 days before an election with a federal contest on the ballot, UOCAVA voters may use Nevada’s Effective Absentee System for Elections (EASE). EASE is an online application that combines voter registration and electronic ballot delivery and marking. EASE forms can be accessed at https://www.nvsos.gov/ease/easepages/overview.aspx, but the site will only become active 45 days before each federal election.

UOCAVA voters may also register to vote online through the traditional online voting tool. Voters who choose this method must request an absent ballot separately, at which time they will provide the county clerk their current overseas or military post address.

UOCAVA voters must reaffirm their eligibility every election cycle (biennially). To reaffirm eligibility, voters must resubmit a Federal Post Card Application form to their county clerk’s office. Applications submitted for a primary election also act as a request for subsequent federal elections during that election cycle, including the General Election.

Receiving an Absentee Ballot

Using the Nevada EASE system to complete a Federal Post Card Application will automatically generate an absentee ballot to mark and return.

Registering with a Federal Post Card Application via mail constitutes a request for an absentee ballot which will be mailed to the voter.

If registered in Nevada other than through a Federal Post Card Application (if a voter registered while residing in Nevada), a voter must contact his or her county clerk’s office to request a ballot. Contact information for every office can be found on the Secretary of State’s website.

Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot

The Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB) is a back-up ballot that can be used by UOCAVA voters.  You can use this FWAB whether you are located inside or outside the United States (including APO and FPO addresses), provided that you are away from your voting residence for service-related activities.  You must apply for a regular ballot early enough for your local election officials to receive the request at least 5 days before the election.  If you do not receive your regular ballot in time, you may use the FWAB.  Your FWAB must be received by your local voting officials in Nevada no later than noon on Election Day.  For specific instructions, visit the FVAP’s Nevada-specific FWAB page.

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