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Election and registration information

Nevada Voters' Bill of Rights

The Nevada Voters' Bill of Rights, as outlined in NRS 293.2546, includes the following provisions:

1. Each voter has the right to receive and cast a ballot that is written in a format that allows the clear identification of candidates, and accurately records the voter's preference in the selection of candidates. 2. Each voter has the right to have his or her questions concerning voting procedures answered and to have an explanation of the procedures for voting posted in a conspicuous place at the polling place. 3. Each voter has the right to vote without being intimidated, threatened or coerced. 4. Each voter has the right to vote on Election Day if the voter is waiting in line at his or her polling place to vote before 7:00 PM. 5. Each voter has the right to return a spoiled ballot and is entitled to receive another ballot in its place. 6. Each voter has the right to request assistance in voting, if necessary. 7. Each voter has the right to a sample ballot which is accurate, informative and delivered in a timely manner. 8. Each voter has the right to receive instruction in the use of the equipment for voting during early voting or on Election Day. 9. Each voter has the right to have nondiscriminatory equal access to the elections system, including, without limitation, a voter who is elderly, disabled, a member of a minority group, employed by the military, or a citizen who is overseas. 10. Each voter has the right to have a uniform, statewide standard for counting and recounting all votes accurately. 11. Each voter has the right to have complaints about election contests resolved fairly, accurately and efficiently.

Voting machines

2008 election

For the 2008 election Nevada used the following voting machines. For a county-by-county list of the specific machines (and the source for this section) see Verified Voting's Verifier tool.

Main article: Voting machines

Direct-Recording Electronic (DRE) machines with a paper trail:

Governmental election authorities

Secretary of State Ross Miller

Contact information:

  • 101 North Carson Street, Suite 3
  • Carson City, NV 89701-3714
  • Phone: 775-684-5705
  • Fax: 775-684-5718
  • Email: [mailto:]

Election threats

Voter suppression and intimidation

Voter caging, purges and other eligibility challenges

  • On September 30, 2008, the Brennan Center for Justice released a comprehensive report on voter purging[1]. Appendix C[2] of the report, titled Nevada Case Study, states, "Between the close of registration for the November 2004 federal elections to the close of registration for the November 2006 federal elections, Nevada deleted 130,771 names from the voter rolls – 13.2% of total registrants."
  • On October 22, 2008, Nevada's Secretary of State ruled against a Republican objection to allowing voters who registered on time but had incorrect information to correct their information and vote.[3] The voters will be allowed to correct their information and vote.
  • An October 9, 2008 New York Times story on illegal voter purging mentions Nevada as one of the states involved.[4]
Main article: Voter roll purges

State and local non-governmental election organizations

League of Women Voters

LWV of Nevada,Sam King, President

  • PO Box 4381
  • Carson City, NV 89702-4381
  • Phone: 702-363-4382
  • E-mail:

Local Leagues:

Election and registration information

Articles and resources

See also


  1. Myrna Pérez, "Voter Purges," Brennan Center for Justice, September 30, 2008.
  2. The Nevada Case Study is listed in contents as Appendix C, but in the appendix as Appendix 3. The appendix is online at Appendix 3: Nevada Case Study
  3. "Secretary of State rules against GOP objection to voters," Las Vegas Review Journal, October 22, 2008.
  4. Ian Urbina, "States’ Purges of Voter Rolls Appear Illegal," New York Times, October 9, 2008. Mentions Nevada as one of the states.

    Tens of thousands of eligible voters in at least six swing states have been removed from the rolls or have been blocked from registering in ways that appear to violate federal law, according to a review of state records and Social Security data by The New York Times. [. . .] The screening or trimming of voter registration lists in the six states — Colorado, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Nevada and North Carolina — could also result in problems at the polls on Election Day: people who have been removed from the rolls are likely to show up only to be challenged by political party officials or election workers, resulting in confusion, long lines and heated tempers.

External resources

Poll location

Election Protection hotlines

Voting information

Voting rights

Voting requirements

Election officials, election reform groups, and elected officials

Absentee voting

Disabled voters

Student voting rights

State ballot

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Voting machines

Election law

Voter Protection Laws in A Nutshell

Election Law Primer

External articles

"The situation in Nevada is ripe for what has become a primary Republican strategy in the election. Millions of new voters have registered this year, many of them from traditionally disenfranchised groups: the poor, the young, and people of color. A majority of these new voters are clearly fall into the Obama camp, so the GOP has mounted a campaign to root out what it claims is widespread voter fraud. . . . As the New York Times put it in an editorial last year, "In partisan Republican circles, the pursuit of voter fraud is code for suppressing the votes of minorities and poor people." The myth of voter fraud is a powerful tool to combat the expansion of Obama's voting base. And the tactic is clearly alive and well in Nevada, where the following stories emerged in the past week alone:"