If you’ve chosen to vote in person on Election Day, there are 29 polling stations open throughout Washoe County.
A complete list of those polling places and 16 secure ballot drop-off sites available on Nov. 3 is reproduced at the end of this story. Here’s what else you need to know:
Completed mail-in ballots may be dropped off
It’s not too lake to return your mail-in ballot. Completed ballots (make sure they are filled out properly and signed in the correct place) may dropped off at any polling place or the secure drop-off sites on Election Day, Nov. 3. Completed ballots also may be dropped off at the Registrar of Voters Office in the Washoe County Administration Complex, at 9th Street and Wells Avenue, Building A, Room 135. Ballots cannot be faxed or e-mailed.
All polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. If you are in line at 7 p.m., don’t leave. All voters still in line will be allowed to cast their ballots.
It’s no longer necessary to vote at your home precinct. Voters may just show up at any open polling place. Check estimated waiting times before you go with the map available on the Washoe County Registrar of Voters website that shows individual times for each site. The map works. During the early voting period, some polling spots had long lines while others had short waits or no lines at all.
The Regional Transportation Commission is offering free rides to polling places on Election Day.
Candidate information available
If you haven’t done your homework on the local races or ballot issues, resources are available online. A list of candidates, from the presidential race to state and local races, can be found here. Profiles of the state-wide and local candidates on the Washoe County ballot are available here.
The Northern Nevada League of Women Voters is part of the national League’s Vote411.org Voter Guide Program. The app offers individual voters’ guides based on users’ addresses. The LWG guide lists races and candidates, allow voters to compare candidates’ positions side-by-side. The user may then print out a completed “ballot” that can be taken to the polls on Election Day.
The Nevada Secretary of State’s Office has information about the statewide ballot issues on its website.
Expect to vote without interference
You have the right to cast your vote without interference. Nevada and other states authorize official poll watchers, as do political parties. Those people aren’t allowed to interact directly with voters, but are there to help insure laws and regulations are followed. If they have concerns, they are allowed to raise them only with election officials.
The Reno News & Review’s story about how to recognize – and what to do about – voter interference or intimidation is available here.