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2016 General Election in Washoe County and Nevada

Learn about the candidates and voting in the 2016 General Election

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The 2016 General Election in Washoe County and Nevada is on Tuesday, November 8. Here is the information you will need to cast your ballot and choose your candidates of choice for numerous offices. Of course, you will need to register to vote if you haven't already done so.

Important Dates for the 2016 General Election in Nevada

  • Voter registration by mail: Postmarked no later than October 8, 2016.
  • Voter registration in-person: Last day is October 18, 2016.
  • Voter registration online: Last day is October 18, 2016 (11:59:59 p.m.).
  • Absent ballot request: Received no later than November 1, 2016 by 5:00 p.m.
  • Early voting: October 22 through November 4, 2016.
  • General Election day: November 8, 2016.

Candidates and Offices in the Washoe County 2016 General Election

The Washoe County Registrar of Voters provides a list of offices and candidates that will be voted on by eligible registered voters in the 2016 General Election. There is further information in the form of candidate profiles. Only basic information is provided for those candidates who have chosen not to submit more details.

Some of the hotly contested offices on the ballot are President of the United States, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, State Senate and State Assembly, Washoe County Commissioners, Washoe County School Board Trustees, and Reno and Sparks City Councils.

Presidential Election - The Big Event

Following months (or is it years) of campaigning and the big Democratic and Republican conventions of 2016, the main choices for president have boiled down to Hillary Clinton for the Democrats and Donald Trump for the Republicans. For better or worse, one of these will be our next president.

2016 General Election Early Voting

Early voting in Washoe County for the 2016 general election is every day from October 22 through November 4, 2016. Registered voters may cast their ballot at any early voting location during this time frame. On Election Day (Tuesday, November 8, 2016), you can only vote at the designated polling place in your precinct. For a list of early voting locations and hours of operation, refer to "Early Voting Schedule and Locations" from the Washoe County Registrar of Voters.

Results from the 2016 General Election in Nevada

We already know you can get ongoing results on election night from just about any television station and other media sources that report the news. If you don't want the talking heads and endless "analysis," go to "Election Results Information" from the Washoe County Registrar of Voters.

For Nevada statewide election results with lots of details, go to "Election Reporting by Precinct" from the Nevada Secretary of State. There is a link on this page to election results summary, which shows the big picture without every detail.

Nevada holds Closed Primary Elections

In Nevada, two political parties - Democratic and Republican - are considered major parties for the purpose of conducting elections. Nevada primary elections are "closed," which means if you are registered to vote with a party affiliation of either Democratic or Republican, you may vote only for candidates from your own party and you may also vote in nonpartisan contests. Voters registered with any other party affiliation (or none) may vote only in nonpartisan contests. Ballot questions are not voted on in the primary election.

In the general election in November, all voters get to choose from among all candidates who are running for their local, statewide, and federal offices and on ballot measures.

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