Regular city of Las Vegas Municipal Elections are held every two years, in odd-numbered years. The elections are open and nonpartisan. Therefore, candidate party affiliations will not be shown on the ballot and registered voters may vote for all offices on their ballots regardless of party affiliation. Candidates must file during the Candidate Filing Period, which is defined in Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS) for the 2019 Municipal Elections as Tuesday, Jan. 22, through Friday, Feb. 1, excluding Saturdays and Sundays. The filing fee is $100 and seats open for filing in the 2019 cycle include mayor – elected at large and City Council - Wards 1, 3 and 5.
The Primary Election will be held on Tuesday, April 2, 2019. The General Election, if necessary*, will be held on Tuesday, June 11, 2019.
*Per Charter, if in the Primary Election one candidate receives more than a majority of votes cast in that election for the office for which he or she is a candidate, he or she must be declared elected and no General City Election need be held for that office. If no candidate receives a majority of votes for a particular race in the Primary, the names of the two candidates receiving the highest number of votes must be placed on the ballot for the General City Election. City of Las Vegas elections are held in accordance with NRS 293C and the City Charter.
Electioneering / Campaigning
Nevada Revised Statutes sections 293C.361 and 293.740 govern campaigning and electioneering. The rules differ for early voting and Election Day.
- If the voting site is located on PRIVATE PROPERTY (mall, supermarket, etc.), electioneering is not allowed on the owner’s property without the owner’s permission (NRS 293C.3572).
- If the voting site is located on PUBLIC PROPERTY, electioneering is not allowed within 100 feet of the voting area (NRS 293C.361).
Electioneering is not allowed within 100 feet of the entrance to the building or structure in which a polling place is located (NRS 293.740). NRS 293.740 defines electioneering as campaigning for or against a candidate, ballot question or political party by:
- Posting signs
- Distributing literature
- Using loudspeakers
- Buying, selling, wearing or displaying any badge, button or other insignia. A person may wear political insignia while voting only if he or she is reasonably unable to remove or cover it
- Polling or soliciting from a voter information as to how the voter intends to vote or has voted
- Soliciting signatures of any kind