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Can I register to vote on Election Day?
What is the deadline for registering if I want to vote in a particular election?
When is election day?
When is early voting?
Can I get a list of candidates for all offices in Nevada?
What are the qualifications to register to vote in Nevada?
Do I declare my political party affiliation when I register to vote?
I didn’t vote in the last election, do I need to re-register?
I.D. Requirements at the Polls
Where do I vote?
May a college student register and vote from his or her school address in Nevada?
How do I vote by mail or absentee?
Can I check my voter information online?
What happens after I submit my voter registration application?
Do I have to vote on Election Day?
I just moved away to go to college, how do I vote in Nevada?
Where do I send my voter registration form once I’ve filled it out?
I registered to vote at the DMV and the county says I’m not registered, what should I do?
What type of voting system does Nevada use?
What is Early Voting?
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Q: Can I register to vote on Election Day?
A:

Nevada does not allow persons to register to vote on Election Day. The deadlines to register to vote are as follows:

Primary Election: May 10, 2014, by mail; May 20, 2014, in person.

General Election: Oct. 4, 2014, by mail; Oct. 14, 2014, in person.

Q: What is the deadline for registering if I want to vote in a particular election?
A:
Close of registration for the Primary Election: May 10, 2014 if you register to vote by mail. May 20, 2014 if you register to vote in person or online. Close of registration for the General Election: October 4, 2014, if you register to vote by mail. October 14, 2014, if you register to vote in person. For more information, see the 2014 Election page.
Q: When is election day?
A:
The Primary Election is June 10, 2014. The General Election is November 4, 2014. (Contact the City Clerk for the dates of the City's Primary and General elections.)
Q: When is early voting?
A:

Early voting for the Primary Election is May 24 through June 6, 2014.

Early voting for the General Election is October 18 through October 31, 2014.

Q: Can I get a list of candidates for all offices in Nevada?
A:
A list of candidates filed with the Secretary of State (statewide and multi-county offices) can be obtained from our office after the filing period (January 6 - January 17, 2014 Judicial Offices and March 3 through March 14, 2014 for Nonjudidical offices). The candidates who filed with the counties can be obtained from the County Clerk/Registrar of Voters of the county.
Q: What are the qualifications to register to vote in Nevada?
A:

Nevada law provides certain guidelines you must follow before you can vote. Specifically, Nevada law states that you must:

• Be at least 18 years of age on or before Election Day;
• Be a U.S. citizen;
• Be a resident of Nevada for 30 days preceding any election;
• Have your rights restored if you were convicted of a felony; and
• Not have been declared by a court to be mentally incompetent.

Q: Do I declare my political party affiliation when I register to vote?
A:
On your voter registration application, you will be asked to indicate your party affiliation.  You also have the option to be registered as a Nonpartisan voter, meaning you have no political party affiliation.
Q: I didn’t vote in the last election, do I need to re-register?
A:

If you did not vote in the last election, and you did not return a postcard mailed to you pursuant to NRS 293.530, your voter registration will be put into inactive status. "Inactive Voter" status includes any voter for whom a county has received: 1) a returned residency confirmation mailing without a forwarding address within the same county, or 2) information obtained through the United States Postal Service National Change of Address (NCOA) database indicating that a voter has moved outside the county. An inactive voter is eligible to vote so long as they have met all other legal requirements to vote. If you do not vote in two consecutive federal elections, your local County Clerk/Registrar of Voters office must CANCEL your registration, pursuant to the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA). If your voter registration is cancelled, you must re-register to vote. You can check your voter information anytime online at My Voter File.

Q: I.D. Requirements at the Polls
A:

If a person’s name appears in the election board register or if the person provides an affirmation pursuant to statute, the person is entitled to vote and must sign his or her name in the election board register when he or she appears at the polling place to vote. The signature must be compared by an election board officer with the signature or a facsimile on the person’s original application to register to vote or one of the following forms of identification:

(a) The card issued to the voter at the time he or she registered to vote;

(b) A driver’s license;

(c) An identification card issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles;

(d) A military identification card; or

(e) Any other form of identification issued by a governmental agency which contains the voter’s signature and physical description or picture.

For further information, please see Nevada Revised Statute ("NRS") 293.277.

Q: Where do I vote?
A:

Once you are registered, your County Clerk/Registrar of Voters will send you information on your precinct and the address of your polling place – the location of where you will vote on the day of the Primary Election or General Election. You may also find this information online at My Voter File.

Your voting location depends on the address you used when completing your voter registration application. If you registered to vote using your hometown address, you will have to vote at either your designated voting precinct location in your hometown or by absentee ballot. If you chose to use your college residence address, you will vote at your designated voting precinct location in the district of that you currently reside. Precinct locations will be printed on your sample ballot or you may locate your voting location on “My Voter File” on the Secretary of State’s website: http://www.nvsos.gov.

To confirm your registration, you will receive a voter registration card by mail. If you do not receive this, please contact your local City Clerk or County Clerk/Registrar of Voters to verify your application was received and processed.

Q: May a college student register and vote from his or her school address in Nevada?
A:

You may choose to register using your current campus home address. Keep in mind that you may register and vote in only one county/state per election. Once you are registered, you will receive a voter registration card by mail from your County Clerk/Registrar of Voters office, as well as a sample ballot prior to the Primary or General Elections. Sample ballots contain information on the offices up for election in your precinct and questions appearing on the actual ballot. It also contains information about your precinct, your party affiliation, the name and address of your polling place, and early voting schedule and locations.

If you do not receive your voter registration card or sample ballot, please contact your local City Clerk or County Clerk/Registrar of Voters to verify that your application was received and processed.

Q: How do I vote by mail or absentee?
A:

If you are a student living out of state or outside your voting precinct, it may not be possible for you to get to the polls on Election Day. Your best option is to request to vote by mail or absentee ballot.
Any registered voter may request to vote by mail. To request an absentee ballot, you must complete and submit an Absentee Ballot Request Form, which may be obtained from your local County Clerk/Registrar of Voters office. Additional information on absentee voting is also available online.

• Clark County residents: Absentee Voter Information
• Washoe County residents: Absentee Voter Information

The Absentee Ballot Request Form must be received by your local county election official by the appropriate deadline.

Primary Election Absent Ballot Request Deadline (NRS 293.315)

General Election Absent Ballot Request Deadline (NRS 293.315)

If you are a first time voter, you must provide an acceptable form of identification with your completed Absentee Ballot Request Form. Acceptable forms of identification may include:

• Current Nevada Drivers’ License;
• Current Nevada State Identification Card;
• Rent receipt with pre-printed address;
• Bank statement or pre-printed check;
• Credit card statement;
• Vehicle registration or proof of insurance;
• Government document (tax bill, income information); or
• Current utility bill.

Q: Can I check my voter information online?
A:
To confirm your voter registration information, you can check online at My Voter File.
Q: What happens after I submit my voter registration application?
A:

Once you are registered to vote in Nevada, you will receive a voter registration card by mail from your County Clerk/Registrar of Voters office, as well as a sample ballot prior to the Primary or General Elections. Sample ballots contain information on the offices up for election in your precinct and questions appearing on the actual ballot. They also contain information about your precinct, your party affiliation, the name and address of your polling place and early voting schedule and locations.

If you do not receive your voter registration card or sample ballot, please contact your local City Clerk or County Clerk/Registrar of Voters to verify that your application was received and processed.

Q: Do I have to vote on Election Day?
A:
Registered voters of Nevada have three options for voting:

Early Voting
Election Day Voting
Mail or Absentee Voting
Q: I just moved away to go to college, how do I vote in Nevada?
A:

If you are a student living out of state or outside your voting precinct, it may not be possible for you to get to the polls on Election Day. Your best option is to request to vote by mail or absentee ballot.
Any registered voter may request to vote by mail. To request an absentee ballot, you must complete and submit an Absentee Ballot Request Form, which may be obtained from your local County Clerk/Registrar of Voters office. Additional information on absentee voting is also available online.

Clark County residents: Absentee Voter Information
Washoe County residents: Absentee Voter Information

The Absentee Ballot Request Form must be received by your local county election official by the appropriate deadline.

Primary Election Absent Ballot Request Deadline (NRS 293.315)

General Election Absent Ballot Request Deadline (NRS 293.315) |

If you are a first time voter, you must provide an acceptable form of identification with your completed Absentee Ballot Request Form. Acceptable forms of identification may include:

• Current Nevada Drivers’ License;
• Current Nevada State Identification Card;
• Rent receipt with pre-printed address;
• Bank statement or pre-printed check;
• Credit card statement;
• Vehicle registration or proof of insurance;
• Government document (tax bill, income information); or
• Current utility bill.

Q: Where do I send my voter registration form once I’ve filled it out?
A:

If you are registering to vote in Nevada, return your completed application via mail or in person at:

Your County Clerk/Registrar of Voters office;
Your City Clerk Office; or
Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles

Q: I registered to vote at the DMV and the county says I’m not registered, what should I do?
A:

If you completed a voter registration application at the Department of Vehicles, and the county says you are not registered to vote, you must contact the County Clerk/Registrar of Voters in your county of residence.

Q: What type of voting system does Nevada use?
A:

Nevada uses Sequoia Edge electronic touch-screen voting machines throughout the state at all polling locations. Click here to learn how to use the voting machine.

Q: What is Early Voting?
A:

Early voting allows registered voters to vote at various locations throughout the state for 14-day period prior to the Primary Election and General Election. To learn more about Early Voting in Nevada, click here.

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