To run for office in the State of Nevada, you must fulfill the following requirements:
- For non-federal offices, reside within the boundaries of the district where you plan to run for office, beginning on a date at least 30 days immediately preceding the close of declarations-of-candidacy filing for this office;
- For federal offices (i.e., U.S. Senate and Representative in Congress), be an inhabitant of Nevada on or before Election Day. See Schaefer v. Townsend, 215 F.3d 1031 (9th Cir. 2000).
- Be a registered member of the Party you claim to represent (not required for candidates of non-partisan offices);
- Be a qualified elector pursuant to Section 1 of Article 2 of the Constitution of the State of Nevada;
- Have your civil rights restored by a court of competent jurisdiction, if you have ever been convicted of treason or a felony; and
- If running as a candidate of a major political party, have not, in violation of the provisions of NRS 293.176, changed the designation of your political party or political party affiliation on an official application to register to vote in any state since December 31st before the closing filing date for this election.
NON-JUDICIAL CANDIDATE FILING DATES
Candidacy declaration forms are accepted in March for 10-day period.
Monday, March 7, 2016 to Friday, March 18, 2016 (by 5 p.m.)
WHERE DO I FILE?
The Secretary of State is the filing officer for all statewide offices, and those offices that are elected from districts comprised of more than one county. The county clerk or the registrar of voters is the filing officer for county and township offices and for any offices elected from districts completely within one county or part of one county. (NRS 293.185) The city clerk is the filing officer for offices that are elected in municipal elections. (NRS 293C.175)
The Secretary of State is the filing officer for all federal offices except for United States House of Representatives, Districts 1 and 3. The Clark County Registrar of Voters is the filing officer for those federal offices.
IS AN APPOINTMENT REQUIRED?
Appointments are helpful so we may be prepared for your visit, but they are not required. To schedule an appointment with the Secretary of State’s office, please call (775) 684-5705.
To schedule an appointment with your County Clerk or Registrar of Voters, click here to find the contact information.
To schedule an appointment with your City Clerk, click here to find the contact information.
WHAT PAPERWORK MUST I COMPLETE?
Candidates must complete various forms, such as the appropriate Declaration of Candidacy form, and submit it to the proper filing officer. Find all forms here. When filing with the Secretary of State's office, you must complete the paperwork in person at our Carson City or Las Vegas office.
WHAT TYPE OF IDENTIFICATION DO I NEED TO FILE?
You should bring a current driver’s license displaying your current residential address. If you do not have a driver’s license, bring documentation that contains your current residential address. Acceptable documentation includes a utility bill, bank statement, or paycheck.
WHAT IS THE FILING FEE?
The filing fee for each office is listed below.
|United States Senator||$500|
|Representative in Congress||$300|
|Any state office, other than Governor or Justice of the Supreme Court||$200|
|State Board of Education||$200|
|Any county office||$100|
|State Senator or Assemblyman||$100|
|Any district office other than District Judge||$30|
|University Board of Regents||*$0|
*No filing fee is required from a candidate for an office the holder of which receives no compensation. (NRS 293.193)
WHAT FORMS OF PAYMENT ARE ACCEPTED?
Filing fees must be paid in cash, cashier’s check, or certified check. Personal or campaign checks and credit cards are not accepted. For candidates who file with the Secretary of State's office, the cashier or certified check must be made payable to the Nevada Secretary of State.
If filing with a county or city clerk or registrar of voters, check with that office to confirm acceptable forms of payment.
WHAT ELSE DO I NEED TO KNOW AS A CANDIDATE?
All candidates are required to disclosure their contributions and campaign expenditures (C&E) with the Secretary of State’s Office. C&E Reports are filed five times throughout the year during an election year, and then annually, if needed. For a more detailed description about C&E Reports, click here.
Candidates are also required to file Financial Disclosure Statements by March 28, 2016. For a more detailed description about the FDS, click here.