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Election Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How do I get an absent ballot for the upcoming elections?
I am unable to go to the polls on election day, how can I vote?
Where can I find the number of registered voters in Nevada?
When would I need to update my registration?
Who can register to vote?
How can I get a copy of the election laws in Nevada?
Where can I find a list of all of the pertinent election dates?
What are acceptable forms of ID?
Can I register to vote online?
May I vote if I’ve been convicted of a crime?
I just moved away to go to college, how do I vote in Nevada?
What is Early Voting?
What type of voting system does Nevada use?
I registered to vote at the DMV and the county says I’m not registered, what should I do?
Where do I send my voter registration form once I’ve filled it out?
Do I have to vote on Election Day?
What happens after I submit my voter registration application?
Can I check my voter information online?
How do I vote by mail or absentee?
May a college student register and vote from his or her school address in Nevada?
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Q: How do I get an absent ballot for the upcoming elections?
A:
An absent ballot may be obtained from the County Clerk/Registrar of Voters in the county in which you reside. Please contact their office for details.
Q: I am unable to go to the polls on election day, how can I vote?
A:
You may request an absent ballot or vote during early voting.
Q: Where can I find the number of registered voters in Nevada?
A:
This office compiles the number of registered voters in Nevada monthly and for the close of registration for every State election. These reports can be obtained from the Voter Registration Statistics section on our website or by contacting this office by phone or email.
Q: When would I need to update my registration?
A:
You will need to submit another voter registration indicating your current information if you have changed your physical address, your name, or your party affiliation.  You may update your information on our website here.
Q: Who can register to vote?
A:
Nevada law provides that you must be 18 years of age or over, a U.S. Citizen, and a resident of Nevada for 30 days preceding any election. If you will be 18 years old or will have met the residency requirement at the time of the election, you are also eligible to register to vote. Any person who has been declared by a court to be mentally incompetent is not eligible to register and vote. Felons who have not been restored to their civil rights are not eligible to register and vote; however, recent legislation has provided for automatic restoration of the right to vote for those who have been honorably discharged from prison, probation or parole, with certain exceptions related to the seriousness of the crime committed. For more information, see the restoration of voting rights page.
Q: How can I get a copy of the election laws in Nevada?
A:
This office publishes the Nevada election laws every two years. You may access the full text from our Statutes & Regulations page.
Q: Where can I find a list of all of the pertinent election dates?
A:
This office publishes an Election Calendar each even-numbered year listing the pertinent dates for the election cycle and citations to the relevant Nevada statutes and administrative regulations. You may also obtain an Election Calendar free of charge by contacting this office at: nvelect@sos.nv.gov or 775-684-5705 and providing us with your name and address. The full election calendar will be available in due course after the end of the Legislative Session.
Q: What are acceptable forms of ID?
A:

Acceptable forms of identification include a current and valid form from the following:

  • Nevada Driver’s license
  • Nevada Identification Card
  • Armed Forces Identification Card
  • Sheriff’s Work Identification Card
  • Identification Card issued by an Agency of the State of Nevada or other political subdivision
  • Student Identification Card
  • United States Passport
  • Tribal Identification Card
  • Other forms of identification may be used, please check with your County Clerk/Registrar of Voters for other acceptable forms of identification.
Q: Can I register to vote online?
A:
Yes, you may register to vote online on our website here.
Q: May I vote if I’ve been convicted of a crime?
A:
If you were convicted of a felony, you may register and vote only if you have had your rights restored.
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: 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.

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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Can I check my voter information online?
A:
To confirm your voter registration information, you can check online at My Voter File.
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: 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.

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