Absent Ballot Information
Absentee ballots can be requested by voters who cannot or do not wish to vote in-person during early voting or on Election Day. This is an official ballot that will be cast if voted and returned to the Registrar of Voters office postmarked no later than Election Day. The request for an absentee ballot must be in writing and made by the deadline for each election to be honored (the deadline to request an absentee ballot is 14 days prior to Election Day). After the request is processed, the voter will be sent Absentee (Mail) Ballot voting materials, which includes a paper ballot and voting instructions. CLICK HERE for an absent ballot request form.
- NEW for 2020 - any voter may request permanent absentee ballot status for all future elections for which you are eligible to vote. Simply fill out the request for an absent ballot, and check the box next to "REQUEST PERMANENT STATUS." Please call or email our office if you have any questions.
- For all others, an absent ballot request can be filled out and processed at the beginning of each election year.
- o Your absent ballot request is only valid for the calendar year in which we receive it.
- o It is important that you specify which election(s) you are requesting a ballot for.
THE DEADLINE TO SUBMIT A REQUEST FOR AN ABSENT BALLOT IS 14 DAYS PRIOR TO ANY ELECTION, AT 5 pm.
WE STRONGLY URGE YOU TO SEND IN YOUR REQUEST AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. REMEMBER, YOUR VOTED BALLOT MUST BE POST MARKED NO LATER THAN ELECTION DAY IN ORDER FOR YOUR BALLOT TO BE COUNTED.
- Ballots will be mailed to overseas and military voters 45 days prior to any election.
- Ballots with out-of-state mailing address will be mailed 40 days prior to any election.
- Ballots with in-state addresses will be mailed 30 days prior to any election.
IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU PLAN ACCORDINGLY SO THAT YOU WILL BE ABLE TO RECEIVE AND RETURN YOUR BALLOT IN A TIMELY MANNER.
Absentee Ballot Instructions
Use a black or blue ink pen. DO NOT use felt tip pins or permanent markers.
Mark your choices in each contest or question by completely filling in the oval to the right of each of your ballot choices.
If you choose to vote on some candidates or questions and not others, your ballot will be counted for those you have voted on. This will not invalidate your ballot.
If you mark more choices than permitted in a single contest, no vote will be counted for that contest but the rest of your correctly marked ballot will be counted.
If you do make a mistake or change your mind while voting your ballot:
- DO NOT use correction fluid or tape.
- Simply put a single line through the name of the candidate or question you do not wish to vote for and completely fill in the oval to the right of the candidate or question you do want to vote for.
- Please do not try to completely black out or cross out the name or question
Returning your Absentee Ballot
Detach and keep the ballot stub (if not already removed). The ballot stub is a perforated strip at the top of the ballot. If there is no perforated strip, then it has already been removed.
Vote by completely filling in the oval to the right of each of your ballot choices.
After voting, fold you ballot along the pre-scored folds and insert it into the Secrecy Sleeve (the end of your ballot will stick out of the side).
Place the Secrecy Sleeve with the completed ballot into the Return Envelope.
YOU MUST SIGN the Return Envelope in the Signature box under the flap. Once you have signed the Return Envelope, fold at the Step 3 notation, moisten the folded flap where indicated and fold over again to seal it. The sealed flap serves as a signature cover designed to protect your privacy.
Return only your ballot in the Return Envelope. If you return more than one person’s ballot in the same envelope, neither will be counted. If you have more than one ballot to return (ie: husband and wife), and you have lost one of the envelopes, please call our office immediately so we can assist you. Do not put them both in the same envelope because neither will be counted.*
*For the General 2020 Election and the passage of Assembly Bill 4, this restricting has been lifted. Anyone may deliver the ballot on behalf of the voter to the Registrar of Voters Office, Drop Off Location, or Polling Location.
Your completed ballot may be returned by mail, dropped of at one of our Drop-off Locations, or in person at the Registrar of Voters Office. You or an immediate family member (no one else) may bring your voted ballot to the Registrar of Voters Office, Washoe County Admin. Complex, (9th and Wells) Bldg A, Rm 135. It cannot be faxed or e-mailed.
REMEMBER: In order to be counted, your ballot must be post marked no later than Election Day. If you should tear, deface or lose your ballot, call the Registrar of Voters Office at (775) 328-3670 to get a replacement.
Your Ballot will not be counted if you do not sign on the Signature Line located under the Flap on the Back of the Return Envelope.
Military and Overseas Citizen voters ONLY
Make sure you return your Declaration of Covered Voter with your ballot.
If you are concerned that your ballot will not be received in time to be counted on Election Day, you may fax your ballot to us or scan and email it. You can contact us for the appropriate fax number and email address if you need to use these methods.
More Questions? CLICK HERE to view frequently asked questions regarding absentee/mail ballots.