Mail-In Ballot Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions


Q:        Do I need to request a Mail-In Ballot?

A:        No. All active Washoe County voters will be receiving a Mail-In Ballot automatically for the November 3, 2020 General Election (Assembly Bill 4, 2020 32nd Special Session).


Q:        I accidentally used a felt tip pen on my ballot.  What can I do?

A:        Option 1: You can contact us and we can issue you a new ballot; Option 2: You can go ahead and send it in and your ballot will be duplicated onto a new ballot for counting by the machines.  This is done through a mixed partisan duplication board according to NRS rules and regulations.

Q:        Do I need to include a copy of my ID with my ballot?

A:        Only if “ID Required” of "HAVA ID" is printed on your envelope.  Otherwise, we have already verified your identity and we do not need a copy of your ID.


Q:        Can I write-in my candidate of choice if I don’t like who I have to choose from?

A:        Nevada law does not allow for write-in choices.  If you do this, your vote, for that race only, will not count.  The rest of your correctly marked ballot will be counted.


Q:        I accidentally marked a candidate I did not want.  Now what?

A:        Draw a single line through the candidate’s name that you do not want and then fill in the oval next to the candidate that you do want.


Q:        I received my Mail-In Ballot and I don’t see the race that I wanted to vote on.  Do I have the right ballot?

A:        Please contact our office immediately, there are some reasons that a particular race will not appear on your ballot even if you live in the district.  Or, if you have moved and did not update your address with us, you may be voting in your old precinct.

Q:        I received my Mail-In ballot but decided to vote in person.  Can I go vote at a polling place?

A:        Yes, as long as you haven’t returned your voted ballot. In order to vote in person, you will be required to surrender your ballot or sign a form affirming that you have not voted your ballot and will not attempt to vote twice.   

Q:        I lost my ballot! What can I do?

A:        Call our office immediately for a replacement ballot. 

Q:        I lost my envelope! What can I do?

A:        Call our office immediately for a replacement envelope.

Q:        I lost my envelope.  Can I just put my ballot in my husband/wife/son/daughter’s envelope with theirs?

A:        NO!  If you do this, neither ballot will be counted.  Call our office or come down immediately and we will issue you a new envelope

Q:        I sealed my envelope and sent it in without my ballot. Can I still send it in?

A:        Contact our office immediately so we can issue you a new envelope to put your ballot in.

Q:        I accidentally signed my wife/husband’s envelope.  What should I do?

A:        Cross out the incorrect signature and sign the correct envelope.

Q:        I forgot to sign my envelope and I already sealed it. Now what?

A:        Carefully open the envelope, sign under the flap where it indicates, then reseal the envelope.

Q:        Can I just turn my Mail-In Ballot into my polling place or drop off location on Election Day if I did’t mail it in time?

A:        Yes!  All Mail-In Ballots must be postmarked no later than Election Day in order to be counted!  You may drop off your Mail-In Ballot at a Drop Off location or Vote Center during Early Voting or on Election Day. If you choose to drop off your ballot in-person it must be dropped off no later than 7 pm on Election Day.

Q:        Can I have someone else turn in my ballot for me?

A:        Yes!  With the passage of Assembly Bill 4 in the 2020 32nd Special session, the law has changed.  Anyone may deliver your ballot on you behalf to the Post Office, at the Registrar of Voters Office, or at any in-person Vote Center or ballot drop off location.


Q:        My signature has changed from what you have on file.

A:        If it is before the close of registration, we will need you to fill out a new registration form with your new signature so we have it on file.  If it is after the close of registration, we will need proof of your identity so please contact our office immediately to discuss options.