Elections


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

ABOUT THE 2020 GENERAL ELECTION

  • WHY DID I RECEIVE A MAIL BALLOT?

Pursuant to the passage of AB4 during the 32nd Special Legislative Session in August 2020, this election was declared an “Affected Election” due to the existence of a disaster or emergency in this state requiring Election Officials to send a mail ballot to every active registered voter in the upcoming General Election.  This is a permanent change in Nevada election law and will be codified in the NRS for all elections that would be “Affected” by the declaration of a state of disaster or emergency by the Governor. 

*BALLOTS ARE GOING OUT OCT. 8TH 

  • HOW DO I VOTE MY BALLOT?

Ballots will be mailed out October 8th. DO NOT THROW YOUR BALLOT AWAY!  Voting your ballot is easy:

 

  1. Mark your ballot;
  2. Sign the return envelope (for verification purposes); and
  3. Return your ballot in the postage paid envelope by mail or deliver it in-person to the County Clerk’s office. 
  • Your voted ballot must be postmarked by November 3, 2020 and received by the Clerk’s office by 5:00 p.m. on the seventh day after the election.

  • If you are delivering your voted ballot in-person, the ballot must be received by the Clerk’s office or at the Bristlecone Convention Center no later than 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 3, 2020.

 

If you do not receive a ballot by October 15th, or you need a replacement ballot, please contact the Clerk’s office at (775)293-6509. All requests for replacement ballots will be processed and mailed by 5:00 p.m., October 16th. After October 16th, all replacement ballots must be picked up in-person at the Clerk’s office.

 

  • WILL THERE BE EARLY VOTING and ELECTION DAY VOTING?

The polling location is open ONLY for voters registering to vote using the Same Day Registration process, voters delivering their voted ballot, or voters requesting a replacement ballot. 

 

The polling location for EARLY VOTING is the White Pine County Clerk’s office, 801 Clark Street, Suite 4 in Ely, the hours are as follows:

 

October 17, 2020                                                                  10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

October 19, 2020 through October 23, 2020         8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

October 24, 2020                                                         10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

October 26, 2020 through October 30, 2020         8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

 

The polling location for ELECTION DAY is the Bristlecone Convention Center, 150 6th Street, in Ely, the hours are as follows:

 

November 3, 2020                                                      7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

 

The Bristlecone Convention Center will serve as the Super Polling Place for White Pine County on Election Day.   There will be NO POLLING PLACE in McGill (Precinct 6) on November 3, 2020.   

 

  • WHAT CAN I EXPECT AT THE POLLS FOR IN-PERSON VOTING?

Your mail ballot has to be cancelled before you can be allowed to vote in person, so check-in will take longer.  This requires you exchanging your ballot to vote in person, or signing an Affidavit promising you will not vote more than once.

 

There will be a limited number of voting machines available.

 

Equipment will need to be sanitized between voters, which will take longer.

 

  • WHO WILL BE ON MY BALLOT?

The Voter Information and Sample Ballot lists ALL candidates and contests that are on the General Election ballot and is going out the end of September. You will receive an official ballot that contains all candidates and ballot questions which is going out October 8th.

 

  • HOW DO I CHANGE MY PARTY AFFILIATION OR UPDATE MY REGISTRATION?

You may update your voter registration by going online to www.RegisterToVoteNV.gov or by completing a new voter registration application with the Clerk’s office. Changes after October 16, 2020 will only be processed if you appear in-person to request a replacement ballot.

 

  • WHAT IMPORTANT DEADLINES ARE APPROACHING?

October 5, 2020:  Standard close of voter registration (in-person, agency, and mail); voter registrations must be postmarked or received by Clerk‘s Office by this date. Anyone registered by this date will automatically be sent a ballot.

 October 6 - 15, 2020:Extended Online Registration for voters with a Nevada Driver's License or I.D. Card by visiting RegisterToVoteNV.gov no later than 11:59:59, Thursday, October 15th.  Anyone registered by this date will automatically be sent a ballot.

 October 16 - 29, 2020:Online Same Day Registration and voter registration updates for voters with a Nevada Driver's License or I.D. Card by visiting RegisterToVoteNV.gov no later than 11:59:59, Thursday, October 29th.  Anyone that registers during this period is considered a Same Day Registrant and must appear in person at the White Pine County Clerk’s Office during Early Voting hours or at the Bristlecone Convention center on Election Day in order to vote.  Same Day Registrants must present a valid Nevada DL/ID and, if applicable, proof of residency and will vote a Provisional Ballot.

 Early Voting and November 3, 2020:In Person Same Day Registration for voters with a Nevada Driver’s License or Identification card may register to vote by visiting the Early Voting site or their polling place on Election Day. Same Day Registrants must present a valid Nevada DL/ID and, if applicable, proof of residency and will vote a Provisional Ballot.

 

  • WILL MY VOTE BE COUNTED ON ELECTION DAY IF I SAME DAY REGISTER?

Qualified same day registrants will be provided a paper provisional ballot containing all the candidates and contests as a regular ballot. Provisional ballots will not be counted until it is determined that the voter has not cast a ballot in any other Nevada county for this election.


  • HOW DO I VOTE IF I AM UNABLE TO SIGN MY BALLOT DUE TO A LIMITING CONDITION?

The Nevada Secretary of State’s office has implemented a web based process that voters with disabilities can access to vote privately and independently from their homes. Please visit NVEASE.gov to find out more. Alternately, you may receive assistance marking and signing your ballot from any person you authorize. In order for your ballot to be counted, the person that assists you in marking or signing your ballot must provide their name, signature, and address on the return envelope. Please contact our office to find out more about receiving assistance.

 

  • HOW DO YOU PREVENT ELECTION FRAUD WHEN PEOPLE ARE VOTING BY MAIL? 

The voter who was mailed the ballot must sign the return envelope. Election workers will compare the signature to the one we have on record and verify it matches. If there is an issue with a signature, the voter will be contacted and they will have the opportunity to cure the discrepancy.

 

  • WHAT IF A DECEASED FAMILY MEMBER RECEIVES A BALLOT IN THE MAIL? 

Our office works with the State of Nevada’s Vital Statistic Agency to update our voter registration records daily, but there are still opportunities for us to have an active voter registration record for a deceased person. Therefore, they would be mailed a ballot. If your household receives a ballot for a deceased family member, please contact our office to find out how to cancel the deceased voter’s registration record.

 

  • I RECEIVED A BALLOT FOR SOMEONE THAT NO LONGER LIVES HERE, WHAT SHOULD I DO WITH IT? 

Although our office diligently works to ensure our voter registration database is current, we are not always notified when a voter moves. If you receive a ballot for someone that no longer lives at your address, please write “no longer at this address” and return it to the post office.

 

  • I LOST MY SECRECY SLEEVE, DO I HAVE TO GET A REPLACEMENT BALLOT? 

We provide secrecy sleeves for added privacy of your returned ballot. You may return your voted ballot without a secrecy sleeve and it will still be counted.

 

  • IF I NEED A REPLACEMENT BALLOT, WHAT DO I DO WITH THE ORIGINAL BALLOT? 

Before processing a replacement ballot, our office voids the original ballot. This is a required security measure within our voter registration system. Only one ballot can be accepted for each voter. If a voter returns a second voted ballot, our system will notify us that a ballot has already been received for this voter and our office will notify the District Attorney’s office of the attempt to vote twice.

 

  • I DO NOT WANT TO RETURN MY BALLOT IN THE MAIL, WHAT OTHER OPTIONS DO I HAVE? 

You, or any person you authorize, may deliver your ballot in person to the Clerk’s Office or the Bristlecone Convention Center by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day.

 

  • WILL MY PARTY AFFILIATION BE ON MY BALLOT ENVELOPE? 

Party affiliation is only present during a Primary Election. During a General Election, party affiliation does not appear anywhere on your ballot envelope.

 

  • I DON’T WANT TO VOTE BY MAIL. CAN I VOTE IN PERSON? 

Yes, a person may appear in person and vote on a voting system during Early Voting or on Election Day. If the person was mailed a ballot, they should be prepared to surrender that mail ballot to the election workers or sign an affirmation that says they did not, and will not, vote that mail ballot. In person voting will be subject to CDC and Statewide Directives related to COVID-19.

 

WHO DO I CONTACT WITH ANY QUESTIONS?

White Pine County Clerk’s Office (775)293-6509

WPClerk@whitepinecountynv.gov whitepinecounty.net


Contributions and Expenses Report Dates

Name of Report                                  Time Period Covered in Report                       Report Due

Annual Contributions & Expenses                  January 1, 2019 thru December 31, 2019          January 15, 2020

C&E Report #1                                               January 1, 2020 thru March 31, 2020                       April 15, 2020

C&E Report #2                                                April 1, 2020 thru June 30, 2020                               July 15, 2020

C&E Report #3                                               July 1, 2020 thru September 30, 2020                October 15, 2020

C&E Report #4                                               October 1, 2020 thru December 31, 2020           January 15, 2021

Annual Contributions & Expenses Report      January 1, 2020 thru December 31, 2020          January 15, 2021

•   Aurora Online Campaign Contributions & Expenses Filing System

Financial Disclosure Statement Report Dates

Name of Report                                   Time Period Covered in Report                  Report Due

Annual Financial Disclosure Statement          January 1, 2019 thru December 31, 2019         January 15, 2020 

Candidate Financial Disclosure Statement     January 1, 2019 thru March 13, 2020                  March 23, 2020 

Annual Financial Disclosure Statement          January 1, 2020 thru December 31, 2019         January 15, 2021 

Appointed Officials                                           Varies; please contact SOS Office with questions      30 days                                                                                                                                                         after appointment

•    Aurora Online Financial Disclosure Statement Filing System

As a registered voter in White Pine County, you have the option to GO GREEN and receive your Sample Ballots in PDF format right in your e-mail inbox as opposed to receiving them in the mail. To receive your future Sample Ballots via electronic means, please email the White Pine County Clerk and include the following information:

First and Last Name
Last 4 digits of your SSN or Driver’s License Number
Date of Birth
E-Mail address where you want your Sample Ballot sent

WHAT’S NEW IN NEVADA ELECTIONS 

Deadlines, Mail/Absentee Ballots, Registration, and Voting DEADLINE CHANGES (effective January 1, 2020) 


STANDARD CLOSE OF REGISTRATION: 

The standard close of registration for mailing-in your application or registering in-person at the Clerk’s Office, as well as for updating existing registration by mail or in-person, has changed to the 4th Tuesday before Election Day. The requirement for extended office hours has been eliminated. The dates in 2020 will be: 

o May 12 for the Primary Election on June 9 

o October 6 for the General Election on November 3

ONLINE REGISTRATION ONLY, AFTER THE STANDARD CLOSE OF REGISTRATION: 

Online registration and updates to existing registration after the standard close of registration (see above) has changed to the 4th Wednesday before Election Day and will extend to the last Thursday of Early Voting. You may only do this on the Nevada Secretary of State’s website at www.registertovotenv.gov. New registrants may not vote by mail/absentee ballot. When new registrants check-in to vote, they will be required to show a current and valid Nevada Driver’s License or State Identification Card with their current residential address, as entered in their online registration. If you register online on or after the 20th day before an election, the Clerk’s Office is not legally required to send you a sample ballot for the current election. The dates in 2020 for online registration after the standard close of registration will be: 

o May 13-June 4 for the June 9 Primary Election (no sample ballot after May 20) 

o October 7-29 for the November 3 General Election (no sample ballot after Oct. 14) 

DEADLINE FOR THE ELECTION DEPARTMENT TO RECEIVE VOTED MAIL/ABSENTEE BALLOTS: 

Voted mail/absentee mail ballots must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received by the Clerk’s Office on or before the seventh day after Election Day. Previously, the Clerk’s Office had to receive voted mail ballots in its office by 7pm on Election Day. References: AB345 of the 2019 Legislative Session PERMANENT MAIL/ABSENTEE BALLOTS (effective January 1, 2020) Voters may now make a one-time request to receive a mail/absentee ballot for all future elections. After submittal of this request, a voter will no longer need to submit a mail/absentee ballot request on an annual basis, as is now required. This request will remain in effect as long as the voter keeps his address current with the Clerk’s Office or until his voter registration is cancelled. References: AB345 of the 2019 Legislative Session 

PERSONS RELEASED FROM PRISON HAVE THE RIGHT TO IMMEDIATELY REGISTER AND VOTE

 (effective July 1, 2019) Persons with felony convictions in Nevada or in any other state who are currently not in prison are now allowed to immediately register to vote. This also applies to persons whose voter registration had been previously cancelled because of a felony conviction and to persons who are currently on probation or parole. No special procedures or paperwork are required. Such persons need only follow the standard procedures for voter registration and must also satisfy the standard voter registration eligibility requirements. References: AB431 of the 2019 Legislative Session 

AUTOMATIC VOTER REGISTRATION (AVR) AT THE DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES (DMV) 

(effective January 1, 2020) Eligible persons will be automatically registered to vote when they apply for a new DMV driver’s license or State Identification Card, or when they change their address or renew an existing license or card. If you are already registered to vote, the system will automatically update your existing Nevada voter registration information. Indicating a political party affiliation is voluntary for new registrants, but if you do not, your party affiliation will default to nonpartisan. You may opt out of registering to vote only by declining in writing. You will receive a form for you to opt out of registering or to indicate a party affiliation if you opt in. You must immediately drop the form in the specified secured container at the DMV. If you do not, then you will be automatically registered to vote and your party affiliation will default to nonpartisan. References: State Question Number 5 of 2018 and AB345 of the 2019 Legislative Session 

IN-PERSON, SAME-DAY REGISTRATION (SDR) AT EARLY VOTING SITE AND ELECTION DAY VOTE CENTER

(effective January 1, 2020) You may now register in-person and vote on the same day at the early voting site or Election Day Vote Center at the Bristlecone Convention Center. Requirements and conditions apply: 

• You must show a current and valid Nevada driver’s license or State Identification Card with your current address where you actually live. 

o If the address is not current and/or is not where you actually live, you must additionally provide proof of your current residence, such as: 

 A military identification card; or 

 A utility bill, including electric, gas, oil, water, sewer, septic, telephone, cellular telephone, or cable television; or 

 A bank or credit union statement; or 

 A paycheck; or 

 An income tax return; or 

 A mortgage statement, or residential rental or lease agreement; or 

 A motor vehicle registration; or 

 A property tax statement; or 

 Any other document issued by a governmental agency. 

• You must immediately vote at the site where you completed your SDR. 

• You will vote a provisional ballot containing all offices, candidates, and questions that would be on a regular ballot. 

• Your provisional ballot will be counted only after verification to determine: (a) Whether you were qualified to register to vote and to cast the ballot in the election; and (b) That you did not vote multiple ballots in the same election. This process will also include confirmation that acceptable additional proof of residency was provided by persons who needed to provide such. References: AB345 of the 2019 Legislative Session 

IMMEDIATE IN-PERSON UPDATES OF EXISTING REGISTRATION AT EARLY VOTING SITE AND ELECTION DAY VOTE CENTER 

(effective January 1, 2020) You may now immediately update your existing registration, including name, party, and address changes, and then vote a ballot for your new precinct and/or party, as applicable. For both early voting and Election Day, you will vote a provisional ballot that will have all offices, candidates, and questions that would be on a regular ballot, and it will be counted only after successful final verification of your updated registration. References: AB345 of the 2019 Legislative Session 

ONLINE REGISTRATION AFTER THE STANDARD CLOSE OF REGISTRATION, FROM THE 4TH WEDNESDAY BEFORE ELECTION DAY TO THE LAST THURSDAY OF EARLY VOTING

 (effective January 1, 2020) You may now register online after the standard close of in-person and mail-in registration, from the 4th Wednesday before Election Day, until the last Thursday of early voting and vote in the current election at the early voting site or Election Day Vote Center. Requirements and conditions apply: 

• You may not vote by mail/absentee ballot, only in-person. 

• You will not be sent a sample ballot if you register online 20 days or less before Election Day. 

• When you check-in to vote, you must show a current and valid Nevada driver’s license or State Identification Card with your current address where you actually live that matches the address you entered for your online registration. 

o If the address does not match the one in the online registration, is not current, and/or is not where you actually live, you must additionally provide proof of your current residence, which may include one of the following: 

 A military identification card; or 

 A utility bill, including, electric, gas, oil, water, sewer, septic, telephone, cellular telephone, or cable television; or 

 A bank or credit union statement; or 

 A paycheck; or 

 An income tax return; or 

 A mortgage statement, or residential rental or lease agreement; or 

 A motor vehicle registration; or 

 A property tax statement; or 

 Any other document issued by a governmental agency. 

• You must immediately vote at the site where your online registration is checked and confirmed, not at any other site. 

• You will vote a provisional ballot containing all offices, candidates, and questions that would be on a regular ballot. 

• Your provisional ballot will be counted only after verification to determine: (a) Whether you were qualified to register to vote and to cast the ballot in the election; and (b) That you did not vote multiple ballots in the same election. This process will also include confirmation that you provided acceptable additional proof of residency. References: AB345 of the 2019 Legislative Session

IMMEDIATE ONLINE UPDATES OF EXISTING REGISTRATION AFTER THE STANDARD CLOSE OF REGISTRATION

 (effective January 1, 2020) You may now immediately update your existing registration online, including name, party, and address changes, after the standard close of in-person and mail-in registration, starting the 4th Wednesday before Election Day. You may then vote a provisional ballot for your new precinct and/or party, as applicable, at the early voting site or Election Day Vote Center. Your provisional ballot will have all offices, candidates, and questions that would be on a regular ballot. It will be counted only after successful final verification of your updated registration. References: AB345 of the 2019 Legislative Session 

ALL PROVISIONAL BALLOTS WILL BE FULL BALLOTS AND IT WILL BE EASY FOR VOTERS TO CHECK IF THEIR PROVISIONAL BALLOT WAS COUNTED

 (effective January 1, 2020) All provisional ballots will be full ballots, whether they are for the purposes of sameday registration, Election Day updates, or the Help America Vote Act (HAVA). This means they will contain all offices, candidates, and questions that would be on a regular ballot for the voter’s precinct. After an election, the Secretary of State will establish a system, such as a website or toll-free phone number, to inform voters of whether their provisional ballot was counted, and if it was not counted, why. References: AB345 of the 2019 Legislative Session 

A VOTER REGISTRATION CARD IS NOT REQUIRED FOR VOTING

(effective January 1, 2020) The law now expressly states that a Voter Registration Card is not a prerequisite for voting. This has never been a requirement, but is now explicitly indicated in the statutes. References: AB345 of the 2019 Legislative Session