Churchill County Clerk Treasurer Linda Rothery said sample ballots
were sent April 16 and the actual ballots should be in the mail beginning
But since Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske has ruled
ballots will only be mailed to active voters, county election officials are
urging people to either go online at the state website or call their clerk and
make sure they are among the active voters.
There are more than 250,000 inactive voters statewide
according to the latest registration numbers issued by the Secretary of State.
Democrats, who make up almost 100,000 of those inactive voters, have filed suit
to, among other things, force clerks to mail ballots to all registered voters
but no hearings have been held on that so far.
Rothery said Churchill County has identified inactive
voters. She said residents can check a list of all active voters on the county
website at http://www.churchillcounty.org/Archive.aspx?AMID=85 or contact the
office by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 775- 423-6028.
State Elections Deputy Wayne Thorley said voters also become
active by going through the Automatic Voter Registration system at DMV.
Thorley said people who haven’t registered or who have moved
to a different county or district can fix their problem by presenting a valid
driver’s license, ID card or Tribal ID. He said if the address on that ID
doesn’t match the voter’s registration record, they will need to present proof
of residency such as a bank statement or utility bill that has the correct
Rothery said Churchill County’s sample ballot also includes
information about the entire process to help voters sort out all the changes.
Early voting opens May 23 and runs through June 5, the
Friday before the June 9 primary. Rothery said Churchill County will be open 8
a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturdays and June 9
from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Voting will be closed Memorial Day.
These are the usual early voting times. It will not take
place in the Commission Chambers where early voting is normally held. Voters
will come to the Clerk’s Office.
Thorley said absentee ballots will be accepted up to seven
days after the primary or general election day as long as they were postmarked
by election day.
One issue raised by the order to do mail-in voting is the
“The cost to conduct the primary election by all mail will
be significant,” Thorley said.
That’s because counties normally print ballots for about 10
percent of active voters. For the June primary, they have to print enough
ballots for 100 percent of active voters. He said printing and mailing costs
will come to about $2 million. In addition, those ballots have a prepaid
postage envelope to return the ballot. The clerks also need scanning and
tabulation equipment to count the votes, protective gear for election workers
and other materials that will cost another $2 million plus.
“There may be a cost difference and if there is, state and
federal funds will cover that difference,” Rothery said.
• The Clerk’s Office encourages voters to check their
registration by contacting 775-423-6028 or email@example.com Voters
can also check their registration at https://www.nvsos.gov/votersearch/
• May 12 is the last day to register to vote, update
registration or change party affiliation by mail or by appearing in person at
the Churchill County Clerk’s offices. (The Clerk’s Office is currently closed
to the public. We encourage the public to contact our office by phone. An
appointment can be made if registration cannot be done by mail or online).
• May 13-May 21 – Online only voter registration, voter registration changes or party affiliation changes.
www.RegisterToVoteNV.gov (If someone registers or updates
their registration online during this time period, their ballot will be mailed
• May 22-June 4 — Voters may register, update registration or change party affiliation online but will have to appear in person at the Clerk’s Office for a replacement ballot or for new registrations, a provisional ballot. Voters must provide a valid Nevada Driver’s License or Nevada Identification Card and proof of residency.
(If someone registers or updates their registration online
during this time period, they will need to appear in person at the Clerk’s
Office to receive ballot. The online option ends on June 4. The Clerk’s Office
will be open for these purposes during this time period)
• May 23– June 5 and June 9 — Same day in-person
registration, registration updates, or party affiliation changes at the
Churchill County Clerk’s Office during vote center hours. Voters must provide a
valid Nevada Driver’s License or Nevada Identification Card and proof of
residency. (The Clerk’s Office will be open for in person registration and
updates during this time. The voter will be given a paper ballot that they must
vote and return at that time)
• If you do not receive a ballot by May 15, or you need a replacement ballot, contact the Clerk’s Office at 775-423-6028. All requests for replacement ballots will be processed and mailed by 5 p.m., June 2. After June 2, all replacement ballots must be picked up in person at the Clerk’s Office. (This is if someone does not receive their ballot or if they lose or destroy it)
• The Clerk’s Office will serve as the only vote center for the June 9 Primary Election. Vote center activities are limited to same day registration with provisional ballot voting, in-person mail-in ballot deliveries, and replacement ballot pick-ups.
Secure ballot drop boxes are located at the Clerk’s Office
and Recorder’s Office entrances. (These drop boxes can be used for other
Clerk/Treasurer’s business as well, such as property taxes.)