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Nevada

Nevada has made enormous strides with a wide variety of reforms in the last several years. By passing legislation to expand the use of drop boxes and making its gold-standard ballot tracking permanent, Nevada can build upon its outstanding work. As always, we stress that policy is important, but it is just as important that it is implemented well.

As of 2021....

No Excuse Required

No Excuse Required

No excuse to vote by mail

Online Mail Ballot Application

Online Mail Ballot Application

Apply for mail ballot online

Robust Ballot Return Option

Robust Ballot Return Option

U.S. mail, drop boxes, vote centers, and more

Prepaid Postage

Prepaid Postage

Postage-paid return envelopes provided

Election Day Postmark Acceptance

Election Day Postmark Acceptance

Accepts ballots postmarked by Election Day

Ballot Tracking

Ballot Tracking

Online method to check ballot status

Signature Verification

Signature Verification

Voter signature verified before ballot is counted

Cure Process

Cure Process

Ability to correct issues so ballot can be counted

Preprocessing

Preprocessing

Election official may process ballot before Election Day

Opportunities

This year, Nevada made the drop boxes it previously implemented permanent but only allowed them at county and city offices and polling places. By allowing drop boxes to be placed elsewhere, Nevada would lessen the reliance on the postal service and increase voter convenience and confidence. We recommend allowing for ballots to be received at polling places, drop boxes, and other locations deemed necessary by the clerk.
NVAHI recommends that Nevada continue to implement a vendor-run ballot tracking system statewide that includes proactive voter notification and intelligent mail barcodes on ballots beyond 2020. An expanded notification system helps keep rejection rates low and increases voter confidence and participation.
We highly recommend reimplementing vote centers (polling locations where any voter in the county can vote) in all counties across Nevada. This is a way to streamline the system so that as the share of the vote cast by mail increases, giving voters more options for voting locations but requiring fewer polling places.

Recent Legislation

As of June 16, 2021

Year after year, Nevada has expanded access to the ballot. In 2020, Nevada continued the enormous progress it made in 2019 when it passed AB 345. This bill added election day postmark acceptance, online voter registration, a cure process, and gave more time to canvass votes. During the 2020 special session, the legislature also passed AB 4, which instituted Vote By Mail for the 2020 general election and all future elections during states of emergency, and passed AB 3 to fund it. AB 4 also included provisions that made mail-in voting more accessible such as prepaid postage, drop boxes, and the ability to drop off a mail ballot at a clerk’s office.

Finally, in 2021, Nevada made these massive improvements permanent with AB 321 and improved its existing automatic voter registration by passing AB 432, becoming a genuine 5-star voter state.