Voter Registration in Nevada
The right to vote is a fundamental aspect of American politics. To cast a ballot in Nevada, you'll first have to register to vote.
You can do so through either the Nevada Secretary of State's office (SOS) or the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
Voter Eligibility in Nevada
To be eligible to vote in Nevada, you need to meet certain requirements. Specifically, you must:
- Be a:
- Citizen of the United States.
- Nevada resident for at least 30 days before the date of an election.
- Resident of your precinct for at least 10 days before the election.
- Be at least 18 years old on or before the date of the election.
- Not have been declared mentally incompetent by a court of law.
- Not claim any other place as your legal residence.
Voter Eligibility After a Felony Conviction
If you have been convicted of a non-violent felony your voting rights are restored after you are discharged from incarceration and/or parole. If you have been convicted of a violent felony, or a second felony, you will need to apply to have your civil rights restored.
Register to Vote in Nevada
The Nevada SOS and NV Department of Motor Vehicles offer several ways for you to register to vote, including:
- In person.
- Through the mail.
To register online, you will first have to visit the Nevada Secretary of State's online voter registration page. You will need a current and valid Nevada driver's license or state identification card to use this system.
The site will ask for specific information and allow you to register completely online.
By Mail or In Person
You can also choose to use the NV Secretary of State's voter registration application if you:
- Don't have a current and valid NV license or state ID.
- Wish to register in person or through the mail.
The website will ask for certain information before allowing you to print out your application.
You'll need to print out 2 copies and:
- Mail or bring in a signed application to your local DMV or county clerk or registrar.
- Keep a copy for your records.
Updating Your NV Voter Information
You need to update your voter registration in Nevada if you've:
- Changed your name.
- Changed your political party affiliation.
If you have a current or valid NV driver's license or state ID card, you can easily update your information online, by visiting the Nevada SOS's online voter registration page.
Voter rolls are typically considered public information, but the Nevada Secretary of State's office allows you to request that the following personal information be withheld from the public:
- Telephone number.
However, the NV SOS will ALWAYS withhold the following information from the public:
- E-mail address.
- Social Security number.
- Driver's license number.
- State ID number.
Find all the information you need to finish your moving requirements with the DMV.
NV Military & Overseas Voters
There are several different ways you can register to vote in Nevada if you are:
- An active member of the armed forces.
- A spouse or dependent of a military member.
- A Nevada resident residing overseas.
The easiest method is online registration, which you can do by using the Nevada Effective Absentee System for Elections (EASE). This system will allow you to:
- Register to vote.
- Update your voter registration information.
- Cast an absentee ballot.
The system is available at least 45 days before an election and will remain open until the polls close on Election Day.
To register before the system becomes available, you must use the NV Secretary of State's online voter registration page. In this case, you must request your absentee ballot separately by contacting your county clerk.
Otherwise, to use the EASE system, you will need to visit this page, and provide your:
- Nevada residential address.
- Current mailing address (if available).
- Driver's license OR state ID card number.
- Last 4 digits of your Social Security number.
- E-mail address.
You may also mail in your registration. You'll need to:
- Complete a Voter Registration and Absentee Ballot Request Federal Post Card Application (Form 76).
- Mail it to your local Nevada county clerk or or registrar.
Sending in your application will automatically constitute a request for an absentee ballot, which will be sent to you by your county clerk or local election official.
NOTE: While an active member of the military or an overseas citizen, you must reaffirm your eligibility to vote every election cycle by sending in an updated Voter Registration and Absentee Ballot Request Federal Post Card Application (Form 76).
Registration Deadlines in Nevada
The Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles and Secretary of State has different deadlines depending on how you register:
- Same-Day Voter Registration permits voters to register to vote on Election Day. Voters can register to vote or update information on an existing voter registration information in person at the polling place either during early voting or on Election Day.
- By mail:28 days before the election.
- In person: 28 days before the election.
- Online: Thursday before the election.
Any applications by mail must be postmarked by that time. Otherwise, you will not be entitled to vote in the upcoming election.
Early Voting in NV
Nevada is one of the states in the nation offering early voting. It is available to every eligible and registered voter in the state. To vote early, you simply need to report to any location in your county where early voting is offered.
For more details on where to vote and early voting deadlines, check the NV SOS's early voting information page.
Civil Rights Restorations for NV Felons
If you've been convicted of certain felonies in Nevada and have been honorably discharged, you may be able to restore your civil rights and become eligible to vote once again.
To do so, you will need:
- An official document denoting your honorable discharge.
- A court order restoring your right to vote.
Bring the documents to your local county clerk when you register to vote. They should then restore your ability to register and vote in Nevada.