2020 General Election Information & Resources

Oct. 13, 2020

 

2020 General Election Information & Resources

The 2020 General Election is coming up on November 3, 2020! 

Use this announcement to prepare and get ready for the 2020 Election! 

Make a plan to vote! 

  • You are more likely to vote if you make a plan to do it. 
  • Think through how you are going to vote. Options available in Nevada include voting early, voting by mail, or voting on Election Day. 
  • Look through each of our sections below to understand your options for voting in Nevada and to find resources for voting in other states! 
  • Check your voter registration status in the state of Nevada here: https://www.nvsos.gov/votersearch/ 
  • Register to vote online in Nevada here: registertovotenv.gov 

Voting by mail 

  • Regarding the 2020 General Election, the Nevada Legislature passed Assembly Bill 4, which ensures all registered Nevada voters will be automatically mailed their ballots for the November 3, 2020 election.
  • Check the status of your mail ballot! 
    • The state of Nevada has partnered with BallotTrax to allow all voters to track the status of their mail ballot. You can sign up anytime – before or after receiving your ballot, before or after mailing it back or dropping it off – and receive updates via text or email about the status of your mail ballot. 
  • Know the guidelines for casting a mail ballot! 
    • During the 2020 Presidential Primaries, over half a million mail ballots were rejected nationwide due to validity issues such as not arriving on time or not being signed correctly. Keep reading for the Nevada Mail Ballot guidelines! 
    • Nevada Mail Ballot Guidelines from the Nevada Secretary of State
      • Return your ballot on time. Ballots can be voted and returned immediately once they are received.  You do not have to wait until a certain date closer to Election Day to vote your mail ballot.  Voters have two options to return a mail ballot:
        • Ballots can be returned by mail using the provided postage prepaid ballot return envelope.  In order to be counted, ballots returned by mail must be postmarked no later than November 3.  Ballots that are given to a mail carrier or deposited in a Post Office receptacle prior to the last posted pickup time will have their ballot postmarked that same day.
        • Ballots can be returned in person at a ballot drop-off location.  Ballots returned at a drop-off location must be dropped off prior to 7:00 pm on November 3.  All counties will have at least one ballot drop-off location.  A list of all ballot drop-off locations by county can be found here
          • In Clark County, every polling location on Election Day will be a ballot drop-off location, open from 7:00am-7:00pm.
      • Use your ballot return envelope. Regardless of how a mail ballot is returned, it must be returned in the provided ballot return envelope.  Ballots returned in any other envelope will not be counted.  If needed, a replacement ballot return envelope can be obtained from your county election office.  Only one ballot should be returned per ballot return envelope.  If a ballot return envelope contains more than one ballot, none of the ballots will be counted.  
      • Sign your ballot return envelope. All ballot return envelopes must be signed by the voter! This signature is used to confirm the voter's identity, so if your ballot return envelope is not signed your ballot will not be counted.
  •  Each county has a different date for mailing ballots, and they are as follows: 

County

Sample Ballots Sent

Ballots Sent

Carson

9/21/2020

10/14/2020

Churchill

9/15/2020

9/24/2020

Clark

9/25/2020

10/7/2020

Douglas

9/16/2020

9/24/2020

Elko

9/18/2020

9/24/2020

Esmeralda

9/16/2020

9/24/2020

Eureka

9/24/2020

10/5/2020

Humboldt

9/15/2020

10/12/2020

Lander

9/21-9/25/2020

10/5/2020

Lincoln

9/16/2020

9/24/2020

Lyon

9/28/2020

10/5/2020

Mineral

10/2/2020

10/5/2020

Nye

Early October

10/13/2020

Pershing

9/18/2020

10/5/2020

Storey

9/16/2020

10/5/2020

Washoe

Early October

10/2/2020

White Pine

9/24/2020

10/8/2020

View a fully updated chart here: https://www.nvsos.gov/sos/elections/2020-election

  • Most states require you to request a mail ballot or absentee ballot if you would like to vote by mail. Students are entitled to vote absentee in their home state, or to vote in the state where they go to school. For guidance about mail voting and requesting your absentee ballot in your home state, sign up for TurboVote and be walked through the process here: unlv.turbovote.org

Early Voting in Person 

  • Early voting for the 2020 General Election in Clark County will take place from October 17 to October 30, 2020. 
  • This is a full list of early voting locations and dates in Clark County: General Election Early Voting Locations 
  • Never voted early before? We recommend voting early whenever possible for the following reasons: 
    • It’s more flexible – you can schedule your vote around your life instead of scheduling your life around voting. 
    • The lines are typically shorter – With access to early voting, lines are typically shorter than Election Day polling locations. This also means you’re likely to come into contact with fewer people.
    • You’ll help reduce crowds at polling locations on Election Day. 
    • If something goes wrong, you’ll have time to correct it and have your vote counted! 

Voting in Person on Election Day 

  • As a Clark County voter, you are entitled to vote at any in person polling location in the county on Election Day. Clark County Election Day polling locations can be found here: 
  • On Election Day, the Elections Department will post an interactive website showing polling locations near you and estimated wait times. Check the Elections Department website here: https://ClarkCountyNV.gov/Vote 
  • In Clark County, all Election Day Vote Centers will be mail ballot drop-off sites. You can show up to any Vote Center on Election Day with your filled out and signed mail ballot and vote your mail ballot instead of voting in person if you would like. Check out our Vote by Mail section above for more guidance about voting your mail ballot. 

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