Make Your Voice Heard Before Election Day With Early Voting – SOS Washoe

Make Your Voice Heard Before Election Day With Early Voting

Make Your Voice Heard Before Election Day With Early Voting

Early Voting Starts Oct. 22

The 2016 general election is right around the corner which means voters will soon decide who will become the next U.S. president. Nevadans will also have the opportunity to vote to save our schools in Washoe County.  Every election year some voters are unable to make it to the polls on Election Day for reasons such as being out of town on Election Day, having prior commitments like religious events, or having no mode of transportation to a voting location. Fortunately for those folks there is early voting to submit their choice before Election Day.

Nevada offers “no excuse early voting” to all registered voters, meaning anyone and everyone can participate in early voting if they so choose.

Here is a quick rundown of important early voting dates to keep in mind:

Oct. 18 – Last day to register to vote in person

Oct. 22 – Early voting (in-person) begins

Nov. 1 (5 p.m.) – Last day to submit an absentee ballot request

Nov. 4 – Early voting (in-person) ends

Nov. 8 (7 p.m.) – Absentee ballot must be received by this time to be counted

You may have questions about early voting. We have answers to ones commonly asked.

When does early voting begin? How do I go about placing an early vote?

Early voting begins the third Saturday before Election Day (Oct. 22) and ends the Friday before Election Day (Nov. 4).  To become an early voter in Washoe County, you must first be a registered voter in Nevada. This can be done in person in the Registrar’s Office at 1001 E. Ninth St, Bldg. A, in person at the DMV, or online at

Voter registration forms received by mail must be postmarked no later than Oct. 8, 2016, and the last day to register to vote in person is Oct. 18, 2016. Register now before it’s too late.

Early votes can be cast at designated times at one of several locations throughout Reno for those voters who still prefer to vote in person but wish to avoid the large Election Day crowds.

What if I won’t be here on Election Day?  What if I can’t vote in person?

For some voters who may be out of town during early voting, or those who are unable to make it to or simply do not want to go to the early voting stations, there is the option of voting early using an absentee ballot submitted by mail. Simply fill out an absentee ballot request to receive your form. This request form must be received no later than 5 p.m. on the Tuesday before any given election (for this year, Nov. 1) to ensure there is enough time to process your request.

Keep in Mind:

  • If you have moved since the last election, make sure to change your address as soon as possible.
  • If you wish to remove your name from voter registration rolls, do so here.
  • If you wish to have your address and phone number withheld, do so here.

The completed ballot must be received by the Washoe County Clerk’s Office Elections Department by 7 p.m. on Election Day (Nov. 8), so get started early.

Please note, the absentee ballot form is only valid for the calendar year that it is received in, and you must specify which elections you are requesting an absentee ballot for. Even if you have participated in early voting in prior elections, you will still need to submit the absentee ballot request form before 5 p.m. on Nov. 1.

When will I get my absentee ballot?

Once the form has been submitted, absentee ballots are sent out on the following schedule:

  • In state residents: 30 days prior to election day (Oct. 9)
  • Out of state residents: 40 days prior to election day (Sept. 29)
  • Military personnel/Foreign/Overseas: 45 days prior to Election Day (Sept. 24)

Friendly reminder, the ballot must be completed and returned by 7 p.m. on Election Day to ensure the vote will be counted.  Be sure to give yourself enough time to fill out the request form.

Keep in Mind:

  • Include a copy of accepted voter I.D. (if required)
  • Send it early. Your vote must be received by 7 p.m. on Nov. 8.
  • Check your ballot status at

Now that you are all up to date on how to participate in early voting, find your early voting booths or fill out an absentee ballot requests and exercise your right to vote!


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