Are you unsure if you’re registered to vote? Do you want to know when and where you can vote, or how vote-by-mail rules work this year? We’ve got answers to all the questions you might have about voting this year.
Nevadans! You’ve got an election coming up. On November 8, you and your fellow voters will decide who leads your state as governor, represents you in the US House and Senate, and holds important statewide positions like attorney general and secretary of state.
Here’s everything you need to know about how to vote.
How do I know if I’m registered to vote or eligible to vote?
If you’re not sure whether you’re registered to vote, you can check at the Nevada secretary of state’s website.
If you’re not registered to vote but are curious whether you’re eligible to vote, here’s what you need to know.
To be eligible to vote, you must:
- be 18 years of age or older (you may pre-register at 17)
- be a US citizen
- be a resident of Nevada for 30 days before the election
- not have been declared by a court to be mentally incompetent; and
- not currently be serving a term of imprisonment for a felony.
Individuals previously convicted of a felony who are no longer in prison are eligible to vote, thanks to a recent (2019) state law.
How do I register to vote or update my voter registration?
If you’re not registered to vote and would like to register—or if you need to update your registration to reflect a change in name, address, or party affiliation—you can do so by visiting RegisterToVote.NV.gov. A DMV-issued driver’s license or ID is required.
The deadline to register online and be able to vote in this year’s elections is November 3.
You can also register to vote by filling out a voter registration form and mailing it or delivering it to your county clerk or the registrar of voters in your county. If you choose to register by mail, your voter registration must be postmarked by October 11 for you to vote in this year’s elections.
Finally, you can also register in person at any DMV office, at your county clerk or registrar of voters’ office, at various social service agencies, and on college campuses. If you want to register in person, the deadline to do so and be able to vote in this year’s election is October 11.
If you’re 17, you can pre-register to vote so that you’ll be automatically able to vote once you turn 18.
You can also register to vote for the first time or update your existing registration on the same day you vote. If you want to utilize same-day registration, you must have a valid Nevada driver’s license, state ID Card, or Tribal ID card, and you must vote in-person at a polling location. You can learn more about same-day registration here.
Military and overseas voters can visit this page for more information.
How can I vote?
You can vote by mail, early in-person, or on Election Day.
How does vote-by-mail work this year?
Thanks to a new Nevada law, all registered voters will receive a ballot by mail this year. You should receive your ballot by late September or early October. If you want to vote by mail but you’re not yet registered to vote or need to update your registration, you must do so by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 25, in order to get a mail-in ballot.
Your ballot will arrive with a prepaid, pre-addressed return envelope. You can return your signed and completed ballot by mail and, as long as it’s postmarked by Election Day, your vote will count. You can also return your ballot to an official drop box, which can be found at your county clerk or registrar of voters’ office, or to polling locations in your county during early voting or on Election Day.
More information about drop-off options will be published to the secretary of state’s website before early voting begins. If you choose to return your ballot this way, you must drop it off by 7 p.m. on Election Day.
Can I track my ballot if I vote by mail?
How do I vote in person before Election Day?
If you prefer not to vote by mail or do not register in time, you can vote early in-person beginning on Saturday, Oct. 22, through Friday, Nov. 4. Early voting polling locations are still being finalized and will be available via the secretary of state’s website and your county clerk or registrar of voters’ office before Oct. 22.
I want to vote on Election Day. How do I do that?
If you want to vote on Election Day (Tuesday, Nov. 8), polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. As long as you’re in line by the time polls close, your vote will count.
Election Day polling locations are still being finalized, but you’ll be able to vote at any voting center or polling location in your county. Once they’re finalized, a list of polling locations in your county can be found by logging into the secretary of state’s registered voter services page.
Do I need to show ID when I vote in person?
- you’re using same-day voter registration on Election Day;
- you’re a first time voter and you did not show ID when you registered online or by mail;
- you registered to vote online after Oct. 20.
For those who need to show ID, a list of acceptable IDs can be found here. If you’re unable to provide ID or there’s some discrepancy with your ID, you will be allowed to vote with a provisional ballot.
What if I’m a student living out of state or outside of my precinct?
You can request an absentee ballot by logging into Registered Voter Services. Your request must be received by your local county election official by October 25.
What if I live with disabilities? Are there any accommodations for me?
All voters in Nevada will be sent a mail-in ballot, and if you’re a voter with a disability in Nevada, you can utilize the Effective Absentee System for Elections, or EASE, which streamlines the process for you to register, request, mark, and return your ballot without leaving your home.
How can I see who’s on my ballot?
You can find your sample ballot and a list of your elected representatives by logging into the secretary of state’s registered voter services page.
If you have any other questions, call the secretary of state’s elections division at 775-684-5705 or email the office at firstname.lastname@example.org.