For more information, visit the Nevada Secretary of State’s website.
Registration must be postmarked by October 6, 2020.
For more information, visit the Nevada Secretary of State’s website.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, election officials will automatically send mail-in ballots to all active registered voters. Mail-in ballots must go out to in-state voters by October 14, and to out-of-state voters by September 24. Voters can look up the date on which their county plans to mail out ballots here.
If returned by mail, mail-in ballots must be postmarked by Election Day, November 3 and received no later than 7 days after the election (November 10). If returned in person, mail-in ballots must be dropped off by 7 p.m. on Election Day.
Early voting is available to all registered voters from October 17, 2020 through October 30, 2020. On weekdays, the polls typically open at 9:00 a.m. or 10:00 a.m. and close at 6:00 p.m. On weekends, hours are typically more limited. Voters should check the Nevada Secretary of State’s website for their county’s early voting polling locations and hours.
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.
Clark County registered voters can vote at any of the voting centers in the county. Vote Centers are listed on voters’ sample ballots and can also be found on the Clark County website.
Washoe County registered voters can vote at any of the voting centers in the county. Vote Centers are listed on voters’ sample ballots and can also be found on the Washoe County website.
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.
The EASE system allows disabled Nevada residents to vote electronically.
Voter Registration Deadlines: 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.
* If you register online or update your existing registration online on or after October 16 (Friday), you may only vote a provisional ballot by appearing in-person. When you check in to vote, you must show a current and valid (unexpired) Nevada Driver’s License, Nevada State Identification card, or Nevada DMV “Interim Document.” The ID you present must have an address that matches the one in the online registration. If the address does not match, you must show other acceptable proof of residency.
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 Eligibility: US 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: As long as a Nevada resident is a United State Citizen and not presently in prison, they are eligible to vote. The 2019 legislature repealed any barriers to a formerly imprisoned persons’ ability to vote. Persons with a prior felony conviction should check their registration status and register if necessary.
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.
Nevada residents who don’t have a Nevada driver’s license or ID card should fill out a paper voter registration application and mail it to their county election official by October 6, 2020. After that, individuals may still register to vote online or at their polling place, but they will need a Nevada driver’s license or ID card (which they can obtain from the Nevada DMV).
A voter’s whose ID does not reflect their current address must also provide proof of residency. Acceptable proof of residency includes any of the following:
- Military ID
- Utility bill (electric, gas, oil, water, sewer, septic, phone, cable)
- Bank or credit union statement
- Income tax return
- Mortgage statement, or residential rental or lease agreement
- Vehicle registration
- Property tax statement
- Any other document issued by a governmental agency
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
Most voters do not need to request an absentee ballot for the November general election. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a new state law requires election officials to automatically send mail-in ballots to all active registered voters for this election. There is no need to request a mail-in or absentee ballot unless you are out of state and your current address is different than what is on record.
For those voters who do not expect to receive an automatic mail-in ballot (i.e., because they are out of state and/or their current address is different than what is on record), they should 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 fourteenth calendar day preceding an election. For the 2020 general election, that means requests must be received by 5:00 on October 20, 2020.
If a voter has registered to vote absentee and has never voted at the polls in Nevada, they cannot vote by absentee ballot unless the voter meets one of the below conditions:
- The voter has provided identification and proof of residence to the county clerk
- The voter provided their driver’s license number or the last four digits of their Social Security Number upon registering to vote
- The voter is in the military or overseas
- The voter gets the Absent Ballot Request Form notarized
- The voter 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 in person or by mail. For the 2020 general election, absentee ballots submitted in person must be received by 7:00 pm on November 3, 2020. Absentee ballots submitted by mail must be postmarked by November 3, 2020 and received no later than 7 days after the election (November 10).
Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot
In Nevada, most voters do not need to present ID in order to vote. There are only two exceptions.
Exception One: a voter may be required to present an ID if: (1) this is the voter’s first time voting in a federal election in Nevada; and (2) the voter registered either by mail or online; and (3) when the voter registered, they did not submit their driver’s license number or last four digits of their social security number, or an election official was not able to match their driver’s license or SSN with existing records.
Even when this exception applies, a photo ID is not necessarily required. Any of the following forms of ID are acceptable: a current photo ID, including a Nevada driver’s license or non-driver’s ID card, or a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, or government document showing the voter’s name and address.
Exception Two: If an election board officer determines that the voter’s signature on the voter register does not match the signature on the voter registration. In that case, the voter can be identified by any of the following:
- Answering questions from the election board officer about personal data reported on the voter registration
- Reporting other personal data which verifies their identity
- Showing their 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.
Movers can update their voting address either before or on Election Day. If a voter has not updated their registration before Election Day, they should go to the polling location associated with their new address and participate in same-day voter registration.
Voters who have moved within Nevada may also go to the precinct associated with their old address and vote after providing an oral or written attestation to their new address. Voters who have moved within the same precinct will be permitted to cast a full provisional ballot after providing an oral or written affirmation of their new address and their new address will be automatically updated in the voter file.
If you are not otherwise registered to vote in Nevada, there are additional registration options 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).
Military and Overseas Voters: Registering and Requesting an Absentee Ballot
A UOCAVA voter can both register and request an absentee ballot by completing and sending a Federal Post Card Application. Voters can register either online or by mail:
Online Registration: October 29, 2020 Deadline. In Nevada, UOCAVA voters may submit their Federal Post Card Application using Nevada’s online system, 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. The site is active 45 days before each federal election (i.e., for the general election, on and after September 19, 2020).
The deadline for UOCAVA voters to register to vote and receive a ballot using the Federal Post Card Application via the online system is five days before the election (i.e., October 29, 2020).
Fax or Email Registration: October 27, 2020 Deadline. The DoD Fax Service is for those voters who cannot send their election materials directly to their election officials. To fax your election materials, use the Transmission Cover Sheet found in Chapter 1 or online at FVAP.gov and fax to: (703) 693-5527, DSN 223-5527 or toll-free from the U.S., Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands to 1-800-368-8683. If you need to send your election materials to your election official by fax, but do not have access to a fax machine, you can email them to email@example.com and FVAP will fax your election materials for you. This service is fax only. If your state accepts your election materials by email you should email them directly to your election official. FVAP will not transmit email-to-email transactions.
The deadline for UOCAVA voters to register to vote and receive a ballot using the DoD Fax Service is seven days before the election (i.e., October 27, 2020).
By-Mail Registration, October 6, 2020 Deadline. To register by mail rather than online, voters can complete and send a paper Federal Post Card Application form to their county clerk. Contact information for every Nevada county clerk is on the Nevada Secretary of State’s website.
If sending by mail, the deadline is October 6, 2020 (postmark date).
UOCAVA voters who have registered using a Federal Post Card Application in previous elections will likely need to submit a new one (except that Federal Post Card Applications submitted for a primary election also act as a request for subsequent federal elections during that election cycle, including the General Election). That is, UOCAVA voters must reaffirm their eligibility every election cycle (biennially), and to reaffirm eligibility, voters must resubmit a Federal Post Card Application.
Military and Overseas Voters: 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. Voters will begin to receive their absentee ballots 45 days before the election, i.e., beginning September 19, 2020. If a UOCAVA voter who opted to vote by mail has not received their ballot at least 10 days before election day (i.e., by October 24, 2020), they should immediately contact their county clerk’s office.
If registered in Nevada other than through a Federal Post Card Application (i.e., if a voter registered while residing in Nevada), the 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.
Military and Overseas Voters: Back-Up Ballot
The Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB) is a back-up ballot that can be used by UOCAVA voters who have timely registered but for whatever reason have not received their ballot. UOCAVA voters who are away from their voting residence for service-related activities can use this back-up whether they are located inside or outside the United States, including APO and FPO addresses. The FWAB must be received by the voter’s local voting officials in Nevada no later than noon on Election Day. For specific instructions, visit the FVAP’s Nevada-specific FWAB page: https://www.fvap.gov/nevada.
All Nevada residents who are U.S. citizens and not presently incarcerated can register to vote in Nevada.