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2020 Primary Election in Washoe County and Nevada

Learn about the candidates and voting in the 2020 Primary Election

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The 2020 Primary Election in Washoe County and Nevada is on Tuesday, June 9. Due to the coronavirus, however, this primary will be conducted as an all-mail election. All registered voters in Washoe County will receive a mail-in ballot (essentially an absentee ballot). Of course, you will need to register to vote if you haven't already done so. Same-day registration is available during early voing and on Election Day.

Important Dates for the 2020 Primary Election in Nevada

  • Voter registration by mail: May 12, 2020.
  • Voter registration online and to receive a mail-in ballot: Deadline is May 21, 2020.
  • Extended online registration: May 22 through June 4, 2020.
  • In-person early voting: May 23 - June 5, 2020
  • Primary Election day: Tuesday, June 9, 2020.
  • In order to be counted, mail-in ballots must be postmarked no later than Election Day, Tuesday, June 9, 2020.

Candidates and Offices in the Washoe County 2020 Primary 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 2020 Primary 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 contested offices on the ballot are U.S. President, U.S. House of Representatives, State Senate and State Assembly, Washoe County Commissioners, Washoe County School Board Trustees, and Reno and Sparks City Councils.

2020 Primary Election Early Voting

Early voting in Washoe County for the 2020 primary election is every day from May 23 through June 5, 2020. The only location for in-person early voting and Election Day voting is the Office of the Washoe County Registrar of Voters, 1001 E. 9th Street, Building A, Reno. This will also be the only location for same-day registration. Here are early-voting hours...

  • Saturday, May 23: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 24: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Monday, May 25: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday to Friday, May 26 - 29: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 30: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 31: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Monday to Friday, June 1 - 5: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

2020 Primary Election Day Voting

There will only be one location for Election Day voting in person - Office of the Washoe County Registrar of Voters, 1001 E. 9th Street, Building A, Reno. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, June 9. You can same-day register to vote if you need to do so.

Results from the 2020 Primary Election in Nevada

You can get ongoing results on election night from just about any television station that reports 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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