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June 19, 2021

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How to vote in Nevada’s new mail-in primary election

The coronavirus pandemic has made life more difficult in a dizzying number of ways, but that’s not the case when it comes to the June 9 primary election in Nevada.

Thanks to quick action by the Clark County Election Department, voting can be as easy as filling out a ballot, signing it and either placing it in the mail or dropping it in a box.

As the state prepares for early voting in this unprecedented all-mail election, here’s information on how to register and vote.

What’s the registration deadline? May 12 — Tuesday — is the last day to register or update existing voting records by mail. To get a registration form or update records, email [email protected] or call the election department at 702-455-VOTE (8683). Through May 21, voters can also register or update their existing registration online through the Nevada secretary of state’s office by visiting registertovotenv.gov. Making either of those deadlines will allow a voter to receive a regular mail ballot.

Is registration still possible after May 21? Yes, it will still be possible to register online at registertovotenv.gov from May 22 through June 4. But there will be a special process for voters who register in that period. They must vote in-person at the Clark County Election Department, 965 Trade Drive, Suite F, where they will be given a provisional ballot that they must fill out at the office — it cannot be taken out of the building. Those voters must bring identification to receive their provisional ballot and must also bring proof of residency if their ID doesn’t list their current address or if that address doesn’t match the one in their registration records. Voting in this manner can be done between May 23 and June 4, and on June 9.

Anything else on registration? Election officials are strongly encouraging voters who do not have their current email addresses or phone numbers on their records to contact the Clark County Election Department and get them updated. Here’s why it’s important: If a mailed-in ballot contains no signature, or if the signature on the ballot doesn’t match the one on file, election officials need to contact the voter to resolve the issue. By law, email addresses are kept confidential.

When will ballots be mailed? By May 18, Clark County voters should receive a packet containing a ballot and instructions for voting by mail; a preaddressed, postage-paid envelope that must be used for returning the ballot; and a list of ballot drop-off sites for voters who can’t send their ballots by mail and instead must submit their ballots in person.

How is mail voting done? Simply fill out the ballot, seal it in the envelope that comes in the package, sign the outside of the envelope in the space provided for the signature, and place it in the mail. Make sure it’s postmarked by June 9.

Is there any other way? Officials strongly encourage voters to use the mail, but another option is to drop off ballots in person at a number of locations throughout the Las Vegas Valley that will be open certain hours. For a list of drop-off sites and hours, contact the Clark County Election Office by phone or email, or visit clarkcountynv.gov/election and click on the heading “New: Informational Notice for the All-Mail Ballot June 9 Primary.”