Mover's Guide: Nevada

August 10, 2010

Elections Division:  775-684-5705

I moved from the address at which I am registered.  What should I do?

I moved from another state.

If you moved to Nevada from another state, you must register in Nevada to be able to vote.[1]  Unless you register in person at the county clerk’s office, the last day to register in time to vote in the next election is the fifth Saturday before the election.[2]  You can also register in person at the county clerk’s office from the fifth Sunday to the third Tuesday before the election.[3]

If you moved from out of state, you are only eligible to register if you have been a resident of Nevada and of your county for at least thirty days, and in the precinct for at least ten days, preceding the next election in which you want to vote.[4]  But under federal law, if you move within thirty days of a presidential election, you are allowed to vote for President and Vice President in your former state of residence, either in person or by absentee ballot.[5]

I moved within Nevada.

If you moved to a new address within the state, you should complete a new registration form to update your registration records.[6]  That form is available here: http://www.nvsos.gov/SOSVoterRegForm/VoterForm.aspx

The election is right around the corner and I never updated my registration from my previous address.  What should I do?

Many registered Nevada voters who move are still entitled to cast a ballot that will be counted — even if they did not notify the appropriate election official about the move before Election Day.

Scenario One: New Address, but Same Polling Place 

If you moved to a new address that is covered by the same polling place as your old address, you can vote a regular ballot at that polling place after confirming your change of address at the polling place. This is true regardless of how close to the election you moved.[7]

If you decline to give an oral or written confirmation of your address, you can vote at a special polling place set up by each county clerk.[8]  You can only vote for President and Vice President, U.S. Senator, and statewide and countywide officers and questions which have been submitted to all voters of the county or State.[9]

Scenario Two: New Address in Same County but New Polling Place

If you moved to a new address within the same county but with a different polling place, you are entitled to vote a regular ballot at the polling place associated with your old address after giving oral or written confirmation of your new address at the polling place.[10]

If you decline to give an oral or written confirmation of your address, you can vote at a special polling place set up by each county clerk.[11]  You can only vote for President and Vice President, U.S. Senator, and statewide and countywide officers and questions which have been submitted to all voters of the county or State.[12]

Scenario Three: New Address in New County 

If you moved to a new address that is in a different county within the state, you should complete a new registration form to update your registration records.[13]

If you moved to a new address in a different county after the close of registration for any election, you may vote in the election at the polling place associated with your old address.[14]


[1] Nev. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 293.485(1) (West 2010). 

[2] Nev. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 293.560(5); see also Nevada Secretary of State, State of Nevada Election Information Guide 37 (2010), available at http://nvsos.gov/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=1177.

[3] Nev. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 293.560(1).

[4] Nev. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 293.485(1).

[5] 42 U.S.C. § 1973aa-1(e) (2010).

[6] See Nev. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 293.527 (providing that  for voters who move to a new address in a new county and register to vote therein, cancellation must be sent to the clerk of the county in which the elector previously resided).

[7] Nev. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 293.525(1)(b) (West 2010); 42 U.S.C § 1973gg-6(e)(1) (2010).

[8] Nev. Rev. Stat. Ann. §§ 293.525(3), 293.304(1).

[9] Nev. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 293.304(3).

[10] Nev. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 293.525(1)(a).

[11] Nev. Rev. Stat. Ann. §§ 293.304(1), 293.525(3).

[12] Nev. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 293.304(3).

[13] See Nev. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 293.485(1)..

[14] Nev. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 293.490.