Voting FAQ (Answers to Frequently Asked Questions)
How do I register to vote?
You may register to vote online, by mail, at any NV Department of Motor Vehicles office, at your county clerk or registrar of voters' office, at various social service agencies, and on college campuses.
Visit RegisterToVoteNV.gov to register to vote or update your registration online.
When are Nevada's election dates?
June 9, 2020: Primary
November 3, 2020: General election
Can I vote before election day?
Yes. More than 60% of people vote early. Early voting is easy in Nevada, and is available to every voter. Clark County voters can vote at any location where early voting is offered. You can also vote early by mail with an absentee ballot. Early voting offers the following benefits:
- Makes voting more accessible to more citizens;
- Increases voter participation rates;
- Allows more accurate and efficient ballot counts;
- Reduces administrative costs to the taxpayer; and
- Creates a more informed and thoughtful electorate.
The 2020 election guides and calendars are forthcoming.
Can I vote by mail?
Yes, any registered voter may request to vote by mail by filling out an absentee ballot. To request an absentee ballot, you must complete and submit an Absent Ballot Request Form to the County Clerk/Registrar of Voters, or you may obtain the form from their website at http://www.clarkcountynv.gov/vote. You can also make a one-time request to receive a mail/absentee ballot for all future elections, as long as you keep your voter registration address current. The Election Department must receive your WRITTEN mail/absentee ballot request in its office by 5pm on or before the 14th day Election Day. May 26 is the due date for the June 9, 2020 Primary Election. October 20 is the due date for the November 3, 2020 General Election.
Am I eligible to vote?
- U.S. citizenship
- At least 18 years old by Election Day
- Tip: If you are now 17 years of age, you may "preregister."
- Continuously have resided in Clark County for at least 30 days and in your precinct for at least 10 days before the next election.
- No court has declared you to be mentally incompetent, but if your legal capacity has been restored, you meet eligibility requirements.
Can I vote if I am a felon?
Yes and No. On July 1, 2019, Assembly Bill 431 of the 2019 Legislative Session took effect. Under this new law, any Nevada resident who is convicted of a felony is immediately restored the right to vote upon the individual’s release from prison. The resident must re-register to vote and meet all other voting qualifications.
Any individual who has been convicted of a felony and is currently serving a term of imprisonment cannot register to vote or otherwise participate in the voting process while the individual is in prison.
What if I want to switch my party affiliation?
You must re-register to vote by submitting another voter application form. To update your current voter registration information visit RegisterToVoteNV.gov
When is the deadline to register to vote?
There are three Main Deadlines Per Election (Revised by AB345 of the 2019 Legislative Session)
(1) The standard close of registration is the 4th Tuesday before Election Day and is the last day to mail in your voter registration application or register in-person at the offices of the Clark County Election Department.
(2) Online registration after the standard close of registration (see (1) above) is from the 4th Wednesday before Election Day to the last Thursday of Early Voting, only on the Secretary of State's website. When you check-in to vote, you will be required to show a current and valid Nevada Driver's License or State Identification Card with your current residential address, as entered in your online registration. Note that if you register online on or after the 20th day before an election, the Election Department is not legally required to send you a sample ballot.
(3) Same-Day Registration is during the entire 14 days of Early Voting and on Election Day. It allows you to register and vote on the same day at any early voting site or at any Election Day Vote Center. You will be required to show a current and valid Nevada Driver's License or State Identification Card that displays your current residential address where you actually live.
What is the difference between the Primary and General Election?
In a primary election, a registered voter may vote only in the election for the party with which that voter is affiliated. For example a voter registered as Democratic can vote only in the Democratic primary and a Republican can vote only in the Republican primary. The voter must choose from their party's panel of candidates and vote for one of them.
The winner of a Republican's primary election (June 9, 2020) goes on to represent that party in the general election (November 3, 2020). The general election is the main election, held between the winners of the various parties primary elections.
Do I need an ID to vote?
According to Nevada law, a voter does not need to present an ID to vote as long as her name appears in the election board register and her signature matches the signature on the record. Identification is only required where an individual registered to vote by mail or computer, or has never voted in a federal election in Nevada. That identification can be: a current and valid photo identification, or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, check showing the voter’s name and address. (If one of these identification documents was submitted with the voting registration application, it need not be provided at the polls).
Can I still vote if I moved and my name does not appear on the voter registration?
If you moved from another county, or your eligibility to vote is challenged for whatever reason, you are still entitled to cast a provisional ballot. If you cast a provisional ballot because you did not present the right kind of ID, you will be required to provide the required ID to the Elections Department by 5:00pm on November 3rd or your provisional ballot will not be counted.
What if I am in the military or overseas?
As a Uniformed and Overseas Citizen Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) voter who is not already registered in NV, you can both register and request an absent ballot by completing and sending the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) form to your local county clerk/register of voters.
What is a Sample Ballot and how can I get one?
A sample ballot is a document sent to registered voters to help them prepare for an election. A sample ballot usually provides the voter's polling place and hours, and contains an image of what the actual ballot looks like, including candidates, questions, and instructions for voting.
Sample ballots are now available in both electronic and paper form. Active, registered voters will receive a mailed Sample Ballot prior to the start of early voting. If you would like to get it by e-mail instead of a paper one by postal mail, you MUST submit an online request. Log in to Registered Voter Services.
Can I become a candidate?
In order to get on the ballot in Nevada, a candidate for state or federal office must meet a variety of state-specific filing requirements and deadlines. These regulations, known as ballot access laws, determine whether a candidate or party will appear on an election ballot. These laws are set at the state level. A candidate must prepare to meet ballot access requirements well in advance of primaries, caucuses, and the general election.
There are three basic methods by which an individual may become a candidate for office in a state.
- An individual can seek the nomination of a state-recognized political party.
- An individual can run as an independent. Independent candidates often must petition in order to have their names printed on the general election ballot.
- An individual can run as a write-in candidate.
This article outlines the steps that prospective candidates for state-level and congressional office must take in order to run for office in Nevada. For information about filing requirements for presidential candidates, see "Ballot access requirements for presidential candidates in Nevada." Information about filing requirements for local-level offices is not available in this article (contact state election agencies for information about local candidate filing processes).