Last Updated on January 28, 2016
Easier and Faster Voting
Voting will be EASIER for you and FASTER for everyone if you study, mark, and bring your sample ballot with you when you vote. Do not wait until you are in the voting booth to review the information. Sample ballots are now available in both electronic and paper form.
Go Green with Electronic Sample Ballots
How to Submit a Request: You now have the option of receiving an electronic sample ballot by e-mail instead of a paper one by postal mail, but
you MUST submit an online request. Log in to
Registered Voter Services. Then, select
Request My Sample Ballot Electronically (Go Green) from the
Voter Services dropdown menu at the top of the page, enter your e-mail address, and click "Save." You will immediately receive a confirmation e-mail indicating that you will no longer receive paper sample ballots. If you do not receive the confirmation, check your spam or junk mail folder first before you
When to Submit a Request: You may submit your request at any time as there are no deadlines. However, the sooner you submit your request, the better, because you will receive both a paper and electronic sample ballot the first time if you submit your request after the
close of standard registration (May 14, 2016 for the Primary Election). You need only submit the request once for it to apply to all future elections (until you change it in
Registered Voter Services or your e-mail address becomes invalid).
"Inactive" Voters: If your registration is "inactive," a message will appear indicating you must update your address before requesting an electronic sample ballot. You may quickly do this online. You will need both your Nevada Driver's License Number or Nevada State Identity (ID) Card Number and your Social Security Number to update your address at the Secretary of State's website before the
close of extended registration (May 24, 2016). See the section below titled "Inactive Voters do not Receive Sample Ballots" for more information.
When to Expect Electronic Sample Ballot Materials: Voters who requested an electronic sample ballot
before the close of standard registration (May 14, 2016) will receive an e-mail with links to their electronic sample ballot materials starting the Monday following the Saturday close of registration (May 16, 2016). Voters who requested an electronic sample ballot
after the close of standard registration will receive this e-mail within about 24 hours after their request. Those voters will also receive a paper sample ballot just one time for the current election.
If the e-mail address you gave us is invalid, we will automatically mail you a paper sample ballot.
What Is Included in the Electronic Sample Ballot E-Mail: Your sample ballot e-mail itself will include your assigned
Election Day polling place, precinct, party, and a scannable bar code. Early voting sites use the bar code for faster and easier voter check-in. Because the bar code is scannable directly from your electronic device, printing it is unnecessary. But you may still present a printed copy if you wish. Election Day polling places currently do not use this bar code.
Two links in your e-mail will allow you to access your sample ballot materials in printable PDF format. The PDFs will have the same information as a paper sample ballot (see the section below titled "What Your Paper Sample Ballot Contains"). One link will be for contests and ballot questions. At that link, you may view a reproduction of your ballot, i.e., the contests and questions for which you are eligible to vote, in the order you will see them on your actual ballot. The other link will be for your sample ballot booklet which has information such as notices, voting instructions, the early voting schedule, and, in General Elections, details about ballot questions for which you are eligible to vote.
E-Mail Addresses Are CONFIDENTIAL: Nevada law requires your e-mail address to be kept
It may not be given to third parties. Additionally, the County Election Department, Secretary of State, and City Clerks may only use it for communication about the voting process and to distribute electronic sample ballots. For more information, see
NRS 293C.558(2), (4), as amended by AB 94 of the 2015 legislative session.
An Online Reproduction of Your Ballot Is Also Available (for All Voters)
Whether or not you receive a paper or electronic sample ballot, if you are currently registered to vote in Clark County, Nevada, you may view and print a reproduction of your ballot by logging in to
Registered Voter Services and selecting
View My Sample Ballot from the
Voter Services dropdown menu.
This differs from electronic sample ballots sent by e-mail in that
no bar code for checking-in at early voting sites and
booklet will be provided. You may view the online reproduction of your ballot starting approximately around the
close of standard registration (May 14, 2016).
When to Expect Your Paper Sample Ballot
Mass Mailing before Early Voting: All "active" registered voters eligible to vote in a specific election are mailed a paper sample ballot before
early voting begins, unless they had submitted an online request for an electronic sample ballot before the
close of standard registration. Paper sample ballots are
"Inactive" Voters do not Receive Sample Ballots:
not receive a paper sample ballot if, by the
close of standard or extended registration (May 14 and May 24, 2016, respectively, for the Primary Election), your status is "inactive" because: (a) You did
appropriately notify the Election Department of your new address if you moved; (b) You did
appropriately confirm your current address with the Election Department if you did not move and postal mail was returned as undeliverable; or (c) You did
not appropriately respond to a forwardable Election Department notice asking you to verify your current address.
Note that you may still vote if you are "inactive," but only in accordance with the residential address the Election Department has in its records for you. You may check if your status is "inactive" by logging in to Registered Voter Services.
Keep Your Address Current:
Updating your address is easy. If you have a Nevada Driver's License or Nevada State Identity (ID) Card, you may
update your address online at the Secretary of State's website before the
close of extended registration (May 24, 2016). Or, you may log in to
Registered Voter Services and select
Change My Address from the
Voter Services dropdown menu to complete and print a form to mail before the
close of standard registration (May 14, 2016).
What Your Paper Sample Ballot Contains
Your Precinct, Party, and Election Day Polling Place: On the back cover, the name of your assigned Election Day polling place and address is printed, along with your precinct number, and, in federal/state Primary Elections only, your political party. On
Election Day at your assigned polling place, you must sign in at the table displaying your precinct number. A scannable bar code is also on the back cover and it is used for quicker voter check-in at early voting sites. Election Day polling places currently do not use this bar code.
Early Voting Schedule:
In the front of your sample ballot, find the dates, times, and locations of early voting sites open during a 14-day period before Election Day. You may vote at any site you wish, no matter where you live or what your precinct is.
Reproduction of Your Ballot:
The contests applicable to your precinct (and political party in federal/state Primary Elections) will appear in the order you will see them on your actual ballot. In General Elections, ballot questions for which you are eligible to vote on will also be included.
Detailed Ballot Question Information in General Elections Only:
Each question will include a title, the full text, an explanation, and arguments for and against it.
Sample ballots will have simple
voting instructions for Clark County’s
All sample ballot booklets (paper or PDF format) use a large 14-point font. Federal law requires all sample ballot materials to be available in
English, Filipino (Tagalog), and Spanish.