Patriotism means participating in your government
Being patriotic isn’t just about hanging an American flag on the front of your house, attending a Fourth of July parade, or watching a fireworks display.
Being patriotic means taking part in your community, your state and your country by exercising your most important civic duty – voting.
Registering to vote is the very first step one must take in order to fulfill one’s duty as a citizen in a democracy. In a democracy, technically, all citizens have an equal say in decisions that affect their lives. Without being registered to vote, you cannot participate.
Registering to vote in Washoe County
Registering to vote in Washoe County, Nev. is easy and must be done prior to an election cycle in order to take part in that election by voting.
Register to vote by completing a “Voter Registration Application” and present it to the Registrar of Voters Office, the DMV, any State Welfare Agency or by mailing the form to the Registrar of Voters Office, P O Box 11130, Reno NV 89520.
If you register in person at the DMV, your application must be delivered by Saturday, the 31st day prior to Election Day If you register at the Registrar of Voters Office, your application must be delivered by the close of business (5:00 PM) on the 21st day prior to Election Day.
If you register by mail, the application must be mailed to the Registrar`s Office and postmarked no later than the 31st day (Saturday) prior to Election Day.
Who is eligible to vote?
Any person who has correctly completed and filed a “Voter Registration Application” with the Registrar of Voters Office and: 1. Is a U.S. Citizen
2. Will be at least 18 year old by the next election day
3. Has continuously resided in Washoe County at least 30 days
4. Claims no other place as his/her legal residence
5. Is not currently serving or under probation for a felony conviction and has completed the process to have his/her voting rights re-established if convicted of a felony in the past
6. Has not been determined by a court of law to be mentally incompetent.
What are the political parties?
In Nevada, only the Democrat Party and Republican Party are designated as major political parties. The members of these parties choose their candidates to run for office (and face all other candidates) through the conduct of a Primary Election.
The Green Party, Independent American Party, Libertarian Party, Natural Law Party and Reform Party are minor political parties. While members of these Minor Political Parties are still eligible to vote for nonpartisan offices on their ballots in a Primary Election, they nominate their candidates for office by conducting statewide conventions for their party members only.
What offices are up for election?
Voters’ Bill of Rights
State of Nevada (NRS 293.2546)
The legislature hereby declares that each voter has the right:
- To receive and cast a ballot that:
- Is written in a format that allows the clear identification of candidates; and
- Accurately records the voter’s preference in the selection of candidates.
- To have his questions concerning voting procedures answered and to have an explanation of the procedures for voting posted in a conspicuous place at the polling place.
- To vote without being intimidated, threatened or coerced.
- To vote on Election Day if the voter is waiting in line at his polling place to vote before 7 p.m. and has not already cast his vote in the election.
- To return a spoiled ballot and is entitled to receive another ballot in its place.
- To request assistance in voting, if necessary.
- To a sample ballot which is accurate, informative and delivered in a timely manner.
- To receive instruction in the use of the equipment for voting during Early Voting or Election Day.
- To have nondiscriminatory equal access to the election system, including, without limitation, a voter who is elderly, disabled, a member of a minority group, employed by the military or a citizen who is overseas.
- To have a uniform, statewide standard for counting and recounting all votes accurately.
- To have complaints about elections and election contests resolved fairly, accurately and efficiently.
For more information:
Washoe County Registrar of Voters
P O Box 11130
Reno NV 89520