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College Voter Information

Why Vote?

Voting is a privilege and a right guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States. Voting allows you to voice your opinions and bring about change in public policy on issues that are important to you. Decisions made in elections today impact your future, define your community and shape federal and state laws. It is up to you to exercise your right to vote and help set the course of Nevada’s and the nation’s future. But before you can vote, you must register.

 

Registering to Vote Eligibility

In order to register to vote you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be 18 years of age or older by Election Day;
  • Be a U. S. citizen;
  • Be a resident of Nevada and of the county for 30 days, and 10 days in your precinct, preceding the date of the next election;
  • Not have been convicted of a felony, or if you were convicted of a felony your rights have been restored; and
  • Not have been declared by a court to be mentally incompetent.

Note on residency: The residency requirement is met if you will have resided 30 days in the state and in the county and 10 days in the precinct by Election Day. A person may not gain or lose residency by reason of his presence or absence while a student at a seminary or other institution of learning (NRS 293.487).

 

How to Register to Vote

There are three ways in which you can register to vote:

  • Online - Register online at RegisterToVoteNV.gov. You must have a valid Nevada DMV issued ID card or driver's license.
  • By mail - Fill out a voter registration application form online, print it, and mail it to your County Clerk/Registrar. You may also obtain a voter registration application at any of the following locations:
      • Your university Student Affairs office
      • Your County Clerk/Registrar of Voters' office
      • Online at the Election Assistance Commission
      • Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles
      • Your City Clerk’s office
      • United States Post Office
      • Utility companies
      • Political Party offices
      • Local Chambers of Commerce
  • In person - Register in person at your local County Clerk or Registrar of Voters' office. You can find your Clerk's or Registrar's office location information here.

As a college student, you may choose to register using your hometown address or your current off-campus home address. Keep in mind that you may register and vote in only one county or state per election. If you register using your hometown address, you will have to vote at either your designated voting precinct location in your hometown, or by absent ballot.

To confirm your voter registration you will receive a voter registration card by mail. You can also verify your voter registration using MyVoterFile. If you do not receive a voter registration card or cannot view your voter registration information online, please contact your local County Clerk/Registrar of Voters to verify that your application was received and processed.

If you are a student living out of state, or outside your normal voting precinct, it may not be possible for you to get to the polls on Election Day. As a student attending college out of state, your best option might be to request to vote by absentee ballot in your home state.

 

Be Politically Informed!

Once you’ve registered to vote, it’s important that you research the issues and candidates in the upcoming election. Check out the candidates’ websites, look at voter guides, contact the political parties’ offices - there’s ample information available to research. Being an informed voter will help you make educated decisions on ballot questions and candidates who share your same values and ideals.

 

Your Voting Options

You may vote in any of the following ways:

  • By Mail (Absentee Voting) - If you will be unable to vote in person, your best option might be to request to vote by mail or absentee ballot. Your absentee ballot must be received no later than 7 pm on Election Day.  For more information regarding voting absentee, please visit our page on absentee voting.

Note: If you were issued an absentee ballot and wish to vote at a polling place, including a polling place for early voting, you may do so only after you surrender your absentee ballot and provide satisfactory identification. If you appear to vote at the polling place and you don’t have the absentee ballot issued to you to surrender, you must provide satisfactory identification, sign an affirmation under penalty of perjury declaring that you have not voted during the election, and you must be otherwise entitled to vote.

Vote!

Once you’ve done your homework, you’re ready to vote! A sample ballot will be provided to you from your County Clerk/Registrar of Voters' office. Sample ballots contain 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 information on the early voting schedule and locations. Review your sample ballot and mark your selections. It may be helpful to bring the sample ballot with you to your polling place as a reference when making your selections at the polls.

 

Want to Get Involved?

Want to do more than just vote? - Be an active citizen and get involved with your university or college's political groups or other political organizations.

Become a Poll Worker - Poll workers are a key element in any election and help the voting process run smoothly. They assist voters with any problems that may occur during voting and help maintain the integrity of the voting process. To volunteer as a poll worker you must be a registered voter and attend a training class. To find out the specifics about how you can apply to become a poll worker, contact your County Clerk/Registrar of Voters.

 

Additional Resources

 

Last updated: 2/26/2014 4:04:50 PM