Election 2013 > Mail Ballot Voting
Who May Vote By Mail
Any registered voter, for any reason, may request a mail ballot. The request must be in writing.
First-time voters who did not provide I.D. when they registered must provide I.D. when they vote: If you did not provide identification when you registered and have not yet voted in a Clark County election:
- You must provide a copy of your I.D. when you request a mail ballot for the first time.
- If you do not include a copy of your I.D. with your mail ballot request, you may still submit it along with your voted mail ballot, inside the official return envelope.
- If you never provide I.D., your ballot will not be counted.
What is Mail Ballot Voting?
Mail ballots accommodate voters who cannot or do not wish to vote in person during early voting or on Election Day. After the request is processed, the voter will be sent mail ballot voting materials, which include an optical scan ballot, a sample ballot designed for mail ballot voting and instructions.
If you do not receive your requested mail ballot at least seven days before the election, please contact the Las Vegas City Clerk’s office at (702) 229-6311, TTY (702) 386-9108.
Where Mail Ballot Requests Are Available
- Your City Clerk (Municipal Elections Only): If you are eligible to vote in Municipal Elections, call your City Clerk at (702) 229-6311, TTY (702) 386-9108 to have a Mail Ballot Request Card sent to you. You may print a Mail Ballot Request from the City of Las Vegas link below.
- The Election Department: Call 455-6552 to have a Mail Ballot Request Card sent to you.
- Write Your Own Letter: The letter must include the following for each person in the household requesting a mail ballot:
- Full name.
- Date of Birth.
- Clark County residential address and the address where you want the mail ballot sent (if different from the residential address).
- The elections (all, primary, general, or special) in which you want to vote by mail—you will be sent a mail ballot for only those elections and no others, e.g., if you only indicate the primary, you will not be sent a mail ballot for the general, special and vice-versa.
- Handwritten signature.
- Optional: A telephone number (in case any questions arise).
- Optional: Your Nevada Voter Registration number (on your Voter Registration Card).
Request for Absent Ballot
The request must be received in the office of the City Clerk at 495 Main Street, Las Vegas, Nevada on or before the 5:00 p.m. on the Tuesday before Election Day. The specific deadlines are:
March 26, 2013: Last day to RECEIVE written mail ballot requests for the April 2, 2013 Municipal Primary Election.
May 28, 2013: Last day to RECEIVE written mail ballot requests for the June 4, 2013 Municipal General Election.
Returning your Voted Ballot
Do NOT Drop off Your Voted Mail Ballot at an Early Voting or Election Day Polling Place: It will NOT be accepted. You may drop it off at the Las Vegas City Clerk’s office on or before 7 p.m. on Election Day. Please see contact information contained within the Voter Guide.
Voting In Person Instead Of By Mail
If you requested a mail ballot, you still have the option of voting on an electronic voting machine at an early voting site or at your election day polling place. If you are in a mailing precinct, you may only do this at an early voting site, NOT at an election day polling place.
If You Have Your Mail Ballot
Surrender your voted or unvoted mail ballot (in the packet sent to you) to an election official at the voting site. He/she will then process you to vote.
If You Do Not Have Your Mail Ballot
You will sign an affirmation at the voting site swearing that you have not already voted in the current election. An election official will verify your affirmation against Election Department records.
DEADLINE: The Las Vegas City Clerk must receive your voted mail ballot (whether mailed or returned in person) on or before 7 p.m. ON ELECTION DAY in order for it to be counted.
Who May Return It
Only the voter who requested the mail ballot or a family member may return it. If a family member returns it, that family member must sign a statement confirming he or she is a member of the voter’s family.
Persons with Disabilities
Registration Accommodations: If You Cannot Sign Your Name on Your Voter Registration Application: You must register and be identified in person at the Election Department. If you are unable to appear in person, you may request the Election Department send an election official to you.