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Sunday, October 26, 2014
Election: Mail/Absentee Ballots

Last Updated on January 2, 2014

Remember....

What Is Mail/Absentee Ballot Voting

       

Who May Vote by Mail

When to Submit a Request

 

Where to Get a Request for the 2014 Elections

How to Submit a Request

 

When to Expect Your Mail/Absentee Ballot

How to Vote a Mail/Absentee Ballot

 

When to Return a Voted Mail/Absentee Ballot

Voting In-Person Instead of by Mail

 

Mailing Precincts

Military and Overseas Residents

 

Unlawful Acts

Remember....

Each Calendar Year, a Request Is Required
Nevada does NOT allow permanent Mail/Absentee Ballot status. You will NOT automatically receive a mail ballot unless you request one EACH CALENDAR YEAR in writing.

During an election, you may see your mail/absentee ballot status online.
Login to Registered Voter Services and select "Get Current Election Information" from the dropdown menu.

Handwritten Signature Required
Nevada law requires your request contain your HANDWRITTEN SIGNATURE. E-mail and telephone requests cannot be accepted. If you cannot sign your name because of a physical disability, call (702) 455-6552 for instructions.

Delivery to Voters
In Federal/State Elections, delivery of Mail/Absentee Ballots BEGINS 20 days before Election Day for in-state voters and 40-45 days before Election Day for out-of-state voters.

What Is Mail/Absentee Ballot Voting

Mail ballots accommodate voters who cannot or do not wish to vote in-person during early voting or on Election Day. After the request is processed, the voter will be sent Mail/Absentee Ballot voting materials, which include a paper ballot and voting instructions.

Who May Vote by Mail

Any Voter, Any Reason
Any registered voter, for any reason, may request a Mail/Absentee Ballot. The request must be in WRITING.

First-Time Voters May Be Required to Present I.D. When They Vote
You may be required to present I.D. for voting if: (a) The data you provided on your voter registration application did not match the data on file at the Department of Motor Vehicles or Social Security Administration, as applicable; and (b) You did not respond to the letter that was sent to you notifying you of the discrepancy.

Acceptable forms of I.D. include: (a) Current and valid Nevada Driver's License or State I.D. Card (driver's licenses and I.D. cards from other states are NOT acceptable); or (b) Other current and valid identifying document, such as a utility bill, bank statement, paycheck or document issued by a government entity such as a check with your name and residential address.

If you do not include a copy of your I.D. with your Mail/Absentee Ballot request, you may still submit it along with your voted Mail/Absentee Ballot, inside the official return envelope.

In Federal/State elections, if you still do not provide a copy of your I.D. along with your voted Mail/Absentee Ballot, your ballot will become a provisional ballot. Only your choices for federal offices, e.g., U.S. Senate and Congress, may be counted AND only if you submit a copy of your I.D. to the Election Department by 5:00 p.m. on the Friday after Election Day.

If you never provide required I.D., your ballot will not be counted.

When to Submit a Request

Each Calendar Year
You must submit a properly completed Mail/Absentee Ballot request to the Election Department each calendar year in order to vote by mail that year. Nevada does not provide for permanent Mail/Absentee Ballot status. You should submit your request no later than the mail/absentee ballot request deadline, i.e., the Election Department must receive your request on or before the 5:00 p.m. on the Tuesday before Election Day. Certain exceptions apply to military and overseas voters. The deadlines for 2014 are June 3 for the Primary Election and October 28 for the General Election.

Where to Get a Request for the 2014 Elections

The Election Department

A printable request form is available by logging-in to Registered Voter Services and selecting Request a Mail/Absentee Ballot from the dropdown menu.

Call (702) 455-6552 to have a Mail/Absentee Ballot Request Card sent to you.

Write Your Own Letter If You Do Not Have A Printer
Follow the letter writing directions.

How to Submit a Request

After properly completing your written request, mail, fax ((702) 455-2831) or hand deliver it to the Election Department by the deadline.

When to Expect Your Mail/Absentee Ballot

In Federal/State Elections (even-numbered years), delivery of Mail/Absentee Ballots begins 20 days before Election Day for in-state voters and 40-45 days before Election Day for out-of-state voters. If you request a Mail/Absentee Ballot and do not receive it at least 10 days before Election Day, IMMEDIATELY call (702) 455-6552. Do not delay as abbreviated timeframes make it difficult to receive, vote and return a Mail/Absentee Ballot by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day.

How to Vote a Mail/Absentee Ballot

Follow the Voting Instructions
Carefully read and follow the instructions included with your Mail/Absentee Ballot. Return your voted Mail/Absentee Ballot in the envelope provided for that purpose, whether you mail it or deliver it in-person. You must also personally sign the outside of that envelope. Accommodations are available for persons who cannot sign their name or mark their ballot because of a disability.

When and How to Return a Voted Mail/Absentee Ballot

Due Date and Time
The Election Department must RECEIVE your voted Mail/Absentee Ballot by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day in order for your ballot to be counted. Primary Election day is June 10, 2014 and General Election day is November 4, 2014.
 
How to Send or Personally Deliver Your Voted Mail/Absentee Ballot

Postal Mail
Use the pre-addressed, postage-paid envelope provided to you to mail your voted Mail/Absentee Ballot. Make sure you sign the outside of the envelope.

Personal Delivery
You may deliver your voted Mail/Absentee Ballot in-person. It must be inside of the envelope provided and you must sign the outside of the envelope. The conditions below also apply:

 

Who May Drop-Off Your Voted Mail Ballot
Only the voter who requested the Mail/Absentee Ballot or a family member may return the voted Mail/Absentee Ballot. If a family member returns it, he/she must sign a statement confirming he/she is a member of the voter’s family. Call (702) 455-6552 for more information.

 

Where to Drop-Off Your Voted Mail Ballot
You may drop-off your voted Mail/Absentee Ballot at the Election Department only, NOT at an early voting site or Election Day polling place. Per Nevada law, early voting and Election Day polling places cannot accept a voted Mail/Absentee Ballot.

Voting In-Person Instead of by Mail

If you requested a Mail/Absentee Ballot, you still have the option of voting on an electronic voting machine at an early voting site or at your Election Day polling place. If you are in a mailing precinct (see section below), you may vote in-person at any early vote site, but on Election Day in Federal/State Elections, you may vote in-person only at an Election Department location.
 
You will need to do one of the following when you vote in-person instead of by mail:

If You Have Your Mail Ballot
Surrender your voted or unvoted Mail/Absentee Ballot (preferably in the packet sent to you) to an election official at the voting site. He/she will ask you for identification and then process you to vote.

If You Do Not Have Your Mail Ballot
You will sign an affirmation at the voting site swearing that you have not already voted in the current election and that you understand no one is entitled to attempt to vote or actually vote more than once in the same election. An election official will verify your affirmation against Election Department records.

Mailing Precincts

Your Voter Registration Card will show if you are in a mailing precinct. You may view this information online after the deadline to register to vote by logging-in to "Registered Voter Services" and selecting "Get Current Election Information" from the dropdown menu. You may also call (702) 455-VOTE (8683) or send an e-mail to find out. A precinct may be designated as a "mailing precinct" if it has 200 voters or less or if 200 voters or less voted in the last statewide general election. Voters in mailing precincts:

Automatically Receive a Mail Ballot
You do not have to request a Mail/Absentee Ballot if you are registered in a mailing precinct, unless you want your ballot mailed to a different address.

May Vote In-Person During Early Voting
You may vote at a polling site during the 14-day early voting period if you either surrender your Mail/Absentee Ballot (and present identification when you do) or sign an affirmation swearing you have not already voted in the current election.

In Federal/State Elections, May Vote In-Person on Election Day Only at an Election Department Location
Per Nevada law, in federal/state elections, you may vote in-person on Election Day, but only at an Election Department location, and you must either surrender your Mail/Absentee Ballot or sign an affirmation swearing you have not already voted in the current election.

Military and Overseas Residents

Registering and/or Voting by Mail
Please see our web page for military and overseas voters.

Unlawful Acts

Fraudulently Requesting a Mail/Absentee Ballot
It is a felony for a person to fraudulently request a Mail/Absentee Ballot in the name of another person or to induce or coerce another person to fraudulently request a Mail/Absentee Ballot in the name of another person. NRS 293.313

Voting More than Once
It is a felony for an eligible voter to vote or attempt to vote more than once in the same election. NRS 293.780

Bribery
It is a felony to bribe, offer a bribe, or use any other corrupt means, directly or indirectly, to influence any voter in giving his vote or to deter him/her from giving it. NRS 293.700