Nevada | Voting Guide
Registration Deadlines and Election Dates
Voter Registration Deadline:
By Mail: Postmarked by 4th Tuesday before Election Day
In-Person: Same Day Registration is available throughout the early voting period and on Election Day. Eligible voters who appear at the polls may complete an application for voter registration and cast a ballot at the same time.
Online: Thursday before Election Day
Democratic Caucus for Presidential Election: February 22
Republican Caucus for Presidential Election: To Be Determined
Primary Election By Mail or In-Person Registration Deadline: May 12
Primary Election Online Registration Deadline: June 4
Primary Election: June 9
General Election By Mail or In-Person Registration Deadline: October 6
General Election Online Registration Deadline: October 29 [October 15 if you want to receive an absentee ballot in the mail]
General Election: November 3
Official Election Websites
Register at School or Home
Students have a choice about where to register to vote.
Students attending college may register at their campus address or choose to remain registered or register at their permanent or home address.
You may only be registered and vote in one location.
What Type of ID Do I Need to Register?
If you’re registering to vote online, you will need your Nevada driver’s license or ID number. If you are using Nevada’s paper registration form, it requires your Nevada driver’s license or ID number or the last four digits of your Social Security number.
If you are using Same Day Registration, you must present one of the following IDs:
A Nevada driver’s license or state identification card
An identification card issued by the Department of State
An identification card issued by a branch of the Armed Forces of the United States
Identification card issued by a sheriff of a Nevada county to an employee as a condition of employment
Student indication card from an accredited private school, college, or university
Insurance plan identification card which the county clerk determines, in his or her discretion, to be a reliable identification of the true name and identity of the person
Tribal identification card
What Type of ID Do I Need to Vote?
None is required, unless the state cannot verify your identity by matching the driver’s license or last four of your Social Security Number that you put down on your voter registration form.
Where Do I Vote?
Nevada county and city clerks are authorized to establish vote centers where any eligible voter can cast a ballot on election day, regardless of precinct. Contact your county clerk to confirm the voting locations available to you at https://www.nvsos.gov/sos/elections/voters/county-clerk-contact-information
How Can I Vote?
Voters have the option to vote by mail, vote early in person, or vote in person on Election Day.
Find information about when your county has mailed absentee ballots, drop box placements, and general information regarding the 2020 general election at https://www.nvsos.gov/sos/elections/election-information/2020-election/2020-general-election
For the 2020 general election, all Nevada voters will be mailed an absentee ballot at your registered address. You do not need to apply for the ballot to be sent. These should be received by October 17. If registering online, you will need to register by October 15 in order to be mailed a ballot (but you can still register online through October 29).
To be counted, if mailed, absentee ballots must be postmarked by November 3. Absentee ballots returned to a drop box must be returned by 7:00 p.m. on November 3.
First-time voters who registered by mail or online can vote absentee if they provide the county or city clerk with proof of identity and residency with their registration application or absentee ballot request form. A list of documents that can be used to prove identity and residency can be found at: https://www.nvsos.gov/sos/elections/voters/absentee-voting
All registered voters in Nevada are able to vote early.
Early Voting is available October 17 through October 30. Contact local election officials for exact days, hours, and locations.
Nevada voters may vote at any early voting location in their county. Contact your county clerk for Early Voting hours and locations.
Voting sites will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day. If you are in line by the closing time, then you must be allowed to register and vote.
Registering to Vote Does Not Affect Your:
Federal Financial Aid
Where you register to vote will not affect federal financial aid such as Pell Grants, Perkins or Stafford loans, or your dependency status for FAFSA.
Status as a Dependent on Your Parents’ Taxes
Being registered to vote at a different address from your parents does not prevent them from claiming you as a dependent on their taxes.
Being deemed out-of-state for tuition purposes does not prevent you from choosing to register to vote in your campus community.
Will registering to vote in Nevada affect my driver’s license or car registration?
With few exceptions, registering to vote in Nevada will have no impact on changing your driver’s license and motor vehicle registration.
Fair Elections Center and Campus Vote Project intend the information contained herein to be used only as a general guide. This document should not be used as a substitute for consultation with a licensed Nevada legal professional.
Last updated August 2020