You may have heard recently that the Nevada Secretary of State, Barbara Cegavske, made the decision to transition to a vote-by-mail system for the upcoming 2020 primary elections due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Here’s what you need to know to ensure your voice is heard.


April 24 – Registered voters overseas will receive their ballots in the mail

May 1 – Registered voters out of state will receive their ballots in the mail

May 4 – Registered voter in-state will start receiving ballots in the mail

May 12 – This is the LAST day for standard voter registration online. After this date, you can still register or update information, utilizing same-day voter registration at

May 18 – By this date, you should’ve received a ballot mailed to you from your County’s Election Department – If you don’t, Clark County voters call (702) 455-VOTE (8683) and Washoe County voters call (775) 328-3670  right away!

May 21 – This is the LAST day to register to vote or update your voter registration online and still receive a mail-in ballot at You can still register from May 22 – June 4, but you’ll have to vote in-person with a provisional ballot at your County’s Election Office or designated vote center (ClarkWashoe)

June 9 – Primary Election Day; You must mail your ballot to be postmarked by this date, or drop off your completed ballot at one of your County’s designated drop-off locations




Vote By Mail will work exactly how it sounds:

  1. You will receive a ballot via mail
  2. You will fill it out and SIGN the ballot
  3. You will mail it back in your mailbox, or can drop it off at one of the drop off locations.

If voters do not receive their ballot on or by May 18, 2020, they should contact the Election Dept. and request for their ballot to be emailed to them.


If voters contact the Election Dept. seven days prior to the election (June 2), voters can still submit a ballot. However, due to the time constraint, a ballot will be sent electronically to the voter via email. The voter will have to sign an affirmation, scan their ballot, and send it back via email.





Mail ballots must be submitted and received either by mail or dropped off in person. A physical mail ballot cannot be returned via fax or email.  It is STRONGLY recommended that voters return their ballot via the U.S. Post Office.


To return ballots via mail, voters must:

    1. Detach and keep the Ballot Stub (if not already removed).
    2. Seal their voted mail ballot in the pre-addressed, postage-paid, return envelope that was included in the packet they received.
    3. Sign the outside of the envelope in the space provided for a signature. There MUST be a signature that matches the signature on your voter registration form  in order for the ballot to be counted, as the signature is used for verification purposes.
      1. If a ballot is received WITHOUT a signature, the election department will send an email to the email address on file and send a letter in the mail. They will have seven days after the election (June 16) to respond. If they do not respond, their ballot will not be counted.
  • A ballot without a signature WILL NOT be accepted.
  1. Once the envelope is signed, fold at the lines indicated, moisten the folded flag where indicated and fold over again to seal it. The sealed flap serves as a signature cover designed to protect your privacy.
  2. Ensure the envelope is postmarked by June 9, 2020.
    1. Per the Clark County website: a signed mail ballot envelope must be dropped off or postmarked by June 9, 2020. Note that  ballots mailed and properly postmarked by Election Day must be received by election officials by 5:00 p.m. on June 16, 2020 (7 days after the Election Day) for them to be counted.

Note: Washoe County created videos (in English and Spanish) that walk through these steps.




When the elections officials receive the voted mail ballots, they will begin a series of steps to process that ballot:


  1. A voted mail ballot (with a signature) is sent back to the voter’s appropriate county elections office.
  2. Elections workers scan the barcode on the envelope to ensure that the ballot received back is the original ballot that they had sent to that voter.
    1. Each envelope is barcoded specifically for each voter—each ballot needs to be sent back in the original envelope that was sent to the voter. In other words, do NOT mix and match envelopes or compile multiple ballots in one envelope. Do not use another envelope. 
  3. Elections workers visually verifies the signature on the envelope.
    1. If a signature cannot be determined, another Elections worker will be asked to visually verify it.
      1. If they are unable to make a match after a second look, Elections workers  will do everything to “cure” the ballot (i.e. reconcile the signature by contacting the voter).
        1. The Elections office will email, call, and mail a letter to the voter.
        2. The signature is “cured” when the voter responds and verifies their information.
        3. If the voter does not respond, then their ballot will not be counted.
      2. An “X” in place of a full signature is legally accepted
  4. Timeline for “curing” ballots:
    1. For Clark and Washoe County, the Election Department will be processing ballots for up to seven days after election (June 16).




Drop off Locations during Early Vote


There will be drop off locations for the 14 days of Early Voting, so that voters may drop off their voted mail ballot instead of returning via mail. These locations are generally county buildings or city halls; these sites will not be outside, so voters must go inside the building. There is no “curbside” voting in which voters can remain in their vehicles while dropping off their ballots.


Voters cannot pick up a ballot at the site, leave, and then return with their completed ballot at a listed location. Voters must receive their ballot via mail (or email, if the Election Dept. deems it appropriate) and cannot pick up a ballot anywhere.



Clark County


Drop off Locations Through Friday, June 5, 2020


Location Dates and Hours Open Address
1 Clark County Election Department Up to May 22:

Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm


May 23 – June 3:

Everyday, 8am-5pm


June 4-5:

Thursday-Friday, 8am-8pm

965 Trade Dr., North Las Vegas
2 Clark County Government Center,

1st Floor, Rotunda

Monday – Friday, 8am-5pm 500 S. Grand Central Pkwy., Las Vegas
3 Boulder City, City Clerk

City Hall, Upstairs

Monday – Thursday, 7am-6pm 401 California Ave., Boulder City
4 Henderson City Clerk

City Hall

Monday – Thursday, 7am-6pm City Hall, Front of Bldg., 240 S. Water St., Henderson
5 Las Vegas City Clerk

City Hall, 2nd Floor

Monday – Thursday, 7am-5:30pm City Hall, 2nd Floor, 495 Main St, Las Vegas
6 Mesquite City Clerk

City Hall

Monday – Thursday, 8am-5pm


Friday, 8am-3:30pm

City Hall, 10 E. Mesquite Blvd, Mesquite
7 North Las Vegas City Clerk

City Hall

Monday – Thursday, 8am-5:45pm City Hall, 8th Floor, 2250 Las Vegas Blvd. North, North Las Vegas

Drop off Location on Monday, June 8, 2020

On this date, voters can drop off their own voted mail ballot in-person at the Clark County Election Department between the hours of 8am-5pm. This is the only drop off location able to receive ballots on this day.



Washoe County


Currently, the only drop off location in Washoe County during the early vote period is the Washoe County Election Department office, located at 1001 E. 9th Street, County Complex Building A, Reno, Nevada 89512.


The hours for the Washoe County during Early Vote (May 23 – June 5) are as follows:


Date Hours Open
Saturday 5/23 10am-4pm
Sunday 5/24 10am-2pm
Monday 5/25 10am-4pm
Tuesday 5/26 8am-6pm
Wednesday 5/27 8am-6pm
Thursday 5/28 8am-6pm
Friday 5/29 8am-6pm
Saturday 5/30 10am-4pm
Sunday 5/31 10am-2pm
Monday 6/1 8am-6pm
Tuesday 6/2 8am-6pm
Wednesday 6/3 8am-6pm
Thursday 6/4 8am-6pm
Friday 6/5 8am-6pm





On Election Day, there will be the same locations plus more!

  • A specific location for the Moapa Band of Paiutes
  • All rural cities will have a drop off location including Mesquite, Logandale, Bunkerville, Boulder City,  etc.

Clark County

On Primary Election Day, voters may drop off their ballots in-person at any of the locations listed below. All locations are open between hours of 7am-7pm.


Location Address
1 Clark County Election Department 965 Trade Dr., North Las Vegas
2 Bob Price Recreation Center 2050 Bonnie Ln., Las Vegas
3 Bunkerville Community Center 200 W. Virgin St., Bunkerville
4 Clark County Fairgrounds – Logandale 1301 Whipple Ave., Logandale
5 Desert Breeze Community Center 8275 Spring Mountain Rd., Las Vegas
6 Dr. William U. Pearson Community Center 1625 W. Carey Ave., North Las Vegas
7 Enterprise Library 25 E. Shelbourne Ave., Las Vegas
8 Hollywood Recreation Center 1650 S. Hollywood Blvd., Las Vegas
9 Indian Springs Community Center 715 W. Gretta Lane, Indian Springs
10 Laughlin Library 2840 S. Needles Highway, Laughlin
11 Moapa Community Center 1340 E. Highway 168, Moapa
12 Moapa Tribal Administration Building 1 Lincoln St., Moapa
13 Moapa Valley Community Center – Overton 300 N. Moapa Blvd., Overton
14 Mountain Crest Community Center 4701 N. Durango Dr., Las Vegas
15 Paradise Recreation Center 4775 S. McLeod Dr., Las Vegas
16 Paseo Verde Library 280 S. Green Valley Pkwy., Henderson
17 Sahara West Library 9600 W. Sahara Ave., Las Vegas
18 Sandy Valley Community Center, 650 W. Quartz Ave., Sandy Valley
19 Searchlight Community Center 200 Michael Wendell Way, Searchlight
20 Silver Mesa Recreation Center 4025 Allen Ln., North Las Vegas
21 Veterans Memorial Leisure Center 101 N. Pavilion Center Dr., Las Vegas
22 Walnut Community Center 3075 N. Walnut Rd., Las Vegas
23 Whitney Recreation Center 5712 E. Missouri Ave., Las Vegas
24 Windmill Library 7060 W. Windmill Ln., Las Vegas

Additional Drop off Locations with varying hours on June 9, 2020:


Location Hours Open Address
1 Boulder City, City Clerk

City Hall, Upstairs

7am-6pm 401 California Ave., Boulder City
2 Clark County Government Center,

1st Floor, Rotunda

8am-5pm 500 S. Grand Central Pkwy., Las Vegas
3 Henderson City Clerk

City Hall,

7:30am-5:30pm City Hall, Front of Bldg., 240 S. Water St., Henderson
4 Las Vegas City Clerk

City Hall, 2nd Floor

7am-5:30pm City Hall, 2nd Floor, 495 Main St, Las Vegas
5 Mesquite City Clerk

City Hall

8am-5pm City Hall, 10 E. Mesquite Blvd, Mesquite
6 North Las Vegas City Clerk

City Hall

8am-5:45pm City Hall, 8th Floor, 2250 Las Vegas Blvd. North, North Las Vegas


Clark County

For Clark County, there will only be one in-person voting location—the Clark County Election Department, located at 965 Trade Drive, Suite F, North Las Vegas, NV 89030-7802.



Clark County Election Dept.  is not having voting machines available to vote, as they will only have paper ballots.



Their schedule for in-person voting is as follows:

  • May 23-June 3, every day (including Saturday, Sunday, and Memorial Day on May 25): 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
  • June 4-5, Thursday-Friday: 8:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
  • June 9, Tuesday, Primary Election Day: 7:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.


Washoe County

There will only be one in-person voting location, and it will be at their election office, located at 1001 E. 9th Street, County Complex Building A, Reno, Nevada 89512.


For Washoe County, their office will have voting machines and paper ballots available for voting.





Clark County


Several options are available for voters with disabilities:

  • Electronic registration and electronic voting will be offered through Nevada’s Effective Absentee System for Elections (EASE). This option may be accessed on the Nevada Secretary of State’s website at
  • Voters who register to vote by mail by May 12, 2020, or online by May 21, 2020, may call the County Election Department at (702) 455-VOTE (8683) to request an electronic ballot.
  • Unassisted and private in-person voting will be available at the Election Department. The location, dates, and times will be the same as for In-Person Voting.


Washoe County


At the polling location, voters with disabilities may request to be taken directly to the intake

table and to have priority in voting on designated machines.


If a voter cannot sign their name in the precinct register because of a physical disability, they

can still vote. Election officials will ask for identifying information.



Accessible ICX Prime Voting Machines:

  • If a voter cannot see a ballot well, they can engage the zoom feature. They also have the option to change the contrast of the screen color.
  • A voter can engage an audio ballot for voting. A voter can use the ATI controller in conjunction
  • with the audio ballot.
  • The ATI controller is available with headphones; however, a voter can bring their own if they wish.
  • Other accessibility devices, like paddles, sip-and-puff devices, are also compatible with our voting machines; however, the voter will need to provide these devices.


The Washoe County Registrar of Voters is working in collaboration with the Secretary of

State to increase the accessibility of voting by mail to voters with disabilities. Please call our

office for options and information: (775) 328-3670.