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Early Voting in Reno and Washoe County

How to Vote Early in the 2010 Primary & General Elections

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Early voting in Reno is a process whereby we can cast our ballots, in person, during a specified period before the primary and general elections. Early voting ballots are counted with those tallied on the respective election days.

What Is Early Voting?

Early voting is for you if you can't, or don't want to, go to your specified polling place on June 8 (primary election) or November 2 (general election). With early voting, you have a 14 day window during which to vote, and you can do so at numerous locations.

What Is Early Voting?

Early voting is a process whereby we can cast our ballots, in person, during specified periods before both primary and general elections. Ballots so cast are counted with those tallied on Election Day. Since moving to Nevada, I have early voted for almost every election and can attest to the ease and convenience of the process. Imagine a government service actually designed to accommodate the citizenry and you've got early voting.

Nevada is one of 34 states offering early, in person voting, and one of 32 permitting early voting without an excuse. Just show up at one of the polling places and cast your ballot.

When Is Early Voting?

Primary Election - Early voting begins on May 22 and ends on June 4. Early voting will be available throughout Reno and Sparks, and in Incline Village on Lake Tahoe's north shore. Here is a list of locations where you can vote early. To vote in the 2010 primary election, you must register to vote by May 18.

General Election - Early voting begins on October 16 and ends on October 29. Early voting will be available throughout Reno and Sparks, and in Incline Village on Lake Tahoe's north shore. Here is a list of locations where you can vote early. To vote in the 2010 mid-term general election, you must register to vote by October 12.

Early Voting is Not Absent Voting

Early voting must be done in person. It is not the same as casting an absent, or absentee, ballot. Written absent ballot requests must be received by the Tuesday prior to Election Day at 5 p.m. To be counted, the completed absent ballot must be in the Registrar of Voters office by 7 p.m. on Election Day. Go to the Washoe County Registrar of Voters website learn about obtaining and casting an absent ballot. For questions about obtaining an absent ballot, call (775) 328-3670.

Register To Vote

You must register in order to vote. You have until May 18 to register to vote in the 2010 primary election and until October 11 for the general election. Nevada does not provide for online voter registration. You can register in person at Nevada DMV offices, any state welfare agency, and county clerk / registrar of voters offices. In Washoe County, mail your application to Registrar of Voters, 1001 E. Ninth St., P.O. Box 11130, Reno, NV 89520-0027, or present it in person by either May 18 or October 12. Mail in applications must be postmarked by May 8 for the primary election and by October 2 for the general election.

If you have any concerns about whether or not you are registered to vote, check the Washoe County Voter Registration Status website. By simply entering your last name and birth date, you can make sure you are actually registered and that your information is correct. This is vital should your right to vote be challenged.

Nevada Primary Elections are Closed

A closed primary election is one in which voters are only allowed to vote for candidates from their own party, as well as those in nonpartisan contests. For example, a registered Democrat will receive a ballot with the various Democratic primary candidates, plus those running for nonpartisan offices and ballot questions applicable to his or her precinct. Nevada recognizes two major political parties (Republican and Democrat) and two minor parties (Independent American and Libertarian). If you are registered to vote as anything other than a Republican or Democrat, your ballot will only show nonpartisan office candidates and ballot questions applicable to your precinct.

Information from the Washoe County Registrar of Voters for the 2010 Primary & General Elections

Source: Washoe County Registrar of Voters.

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