Last Updated on May 4, 2018
What is a Provisional Ballot
In 2003, the Nevada legislature adopted state laws for provisional ballot voting in accordance with the federal
“Help America Vote Act” of 2002 (HAVA). If there is a question about your eligibility to vote, you will be allowed to cast a provisional ballot for
federal offices only. Federal offices include President, U.S. Senate, and Congress. Your ballot will be counted only if you subsequently meet the requirements for your particular situation. Provisional ballots are not available in municipal elections in odd-numbered years because no federal contests are on those ballots.
Who May Vote a Provisional Ballot and Why
When are Provisional Ballots Used
Persons Voting for the First Time in Clark County Whose Registration Data did not Match Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) or Social Security Administration (SSA) Records
These voters are notified by letter that they must provide identification when at the polling place. If they do not, they may only vote a provisional ballot.
Individuals Who Are Not Listed as Registered in Election Department Records
These individuals may only vote a provisional ballot after affirming they are registered and eligible to vote.
All elections involving federal offices must have provisional ballot voting options.
How Provisional Ballot Voting Works
You must complete a written Affirmation that includes the reason you are voting provisionally. You must also affirm under penalty of perjury you are registered and eligible to vote in that jurisdiction. Depending on your situation, the provisional ballot will be counted only if certain conditions are met:
If you voted provisionally because you were required to provide ID and did not, your provisional ballot will be counted only if you provide a copy of proper identification to the Clark County Election Department by 5:00 p.m. on the Friday following Election Day. (NRS 293.3082(1)(i)(3))
If you voted provisionally because you were not listed as registered in Election Department records, your provisional ballot will be counted only if: (a) You present acceptable ID to the Election Department by 5:00 p.m. on the Friday after Election Day; AND (b) further research shows you were registered and eligible to vote in Clark County, NV. (NRS 293.3082(1)(h)(5))