Ballot access requirements for political candidates in Nevada

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This page contains extensive information about ballot access requirements for state and federal candidates running for elected office in the state of Nevada. Offices included are:

This page contains information on specific filing dates for each election year, how to become a candidate, how to create a political party, campaign finance requirements, state agency contacts involved in the election process, and term limits in Nevada. Information on running for election as a presidential candidate or for county and municipal offices is not included.

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Year-specific dates


See also: Nevada elections, 2014

Nevada will have a primary election on June 10, 2014 and a general election on November 4, 2014. Voters will elect candidates to serve in the following state and federal offices:

The filing deadline for candidates is March 14, 2014.[1]

Deadline Event
March 14, 2014 Candidate filing deadline
June 10, 2014 Primary election date
November 4, 2014 General election

Political parties

See also: List of political parties in the United States

As of September 2013, there are four recognized political parties in Nevada.[2] Candidates for partisan office of major political parties (i.e., the Democratic and Republican parties) must be nominated via primary election.[3] Candidates of recognized minor parties (i.e., the Green and Libertarian parties) may not participate in primary contests. Minor political parties instead submit to the Secretary of State a list of candidates to appear on the general election ballot.[4] Independent candidates may not claim other party affiliations.[5]

Party Website link By-laws/Platform link
Republican Party by-laws
Democratic Party by-laws
Libertarian Party by-laws
Independent American Party platform

Election-related agencies

See also: State election agencies

Candidates running for office will require some form of interaction with the following agencies:

Nevada Secretary of State

Why: To obtain and submit filing forms for all statewide offices and offices elected from districts comprised of more than one county; to submit campaign finance reports
101 North Carson Street, Suite 3
Carson City, NV 89701-3714
Telephone: 775.684.5705
Fax: 775.684.5718


See also: Counties in Nevada

A candidate must file a number of documents with the county elections office in the county he or she resides in. Individual county contact information can be found below.

Nevada county contact information
County Email Phone Fax Website Physical address Mailing address
Carson City (775)-887-2087 (775)887-2146 link Alan Glover, County Clerk, 885 East Musser Street, Suite 1025, Carson City, Nevada 89701-4475
Churchill County (775)-423-6028 (775) 423-7069 link Kelly G. Helton, County Clerk,155 N Taylor St, Suite 110, Fallon, Nevada 89406-2748
Clark County (702)-455-VOTE (702) 455-2793 link Joe P. Gloria, Registrar of Voters, 965 Trade Drive Suite A, North Las Vegas, NV 89030-7802 P.O. Box 3909, Las Vegas, Nevada 89127-3909
Douglas County (775)-782-9023 (775) 782-9016 link Ted Thran, County Clerk, 1616 8th Street, 2nd Floor, Minden, Nevada 89423-0218 P.O. Box 218, Minden, Nevada 89423-0218
Elko County (775)-753-4600 775-753-4610 link Carol Fosmo, County Clerk, 550 Court St. 3rd Floor, Elko, Nevada 89801-3518
Esmeralda County (775)-485-6367 775-485-6376 link LaCinda "Cindy" Elgan, County Clerk, 233 Crook Avenue, Goldfield, Nevada 89013-0547 P.O. Box 547, Goldfield, Nevada 89013-0547
Eureka County (775)-237-5262 (775) 237-6015 link Beverly Conley, County Clerk, County Courthouse, Main Street, Eureka, Nevada 89316-0677 P.O. Box 677, Eureka, Nevada 89316-0677
Humboldt County (775)-623-6343 (775) 623-6309 link Tami Rae Spero, County Clerk, 50 W. 5th Street, #207, Winnemucca, Nevada 89445-3199
Lander County (775)-635-5738 (775)635-0394 link Sadie Sullivan, County Clerk, 315 So. Humboldt Street, Battle Mountain, Nevada 89820-9998
Lincoln County (775)-962-5390 775 962-5180 link Lisa C. Lloyd, County Clerk,181 North Main Street, Suite 201, Pioche, Nevada 89043-0090 P.O. Box 90, Pioche, Nevada 89043-0090
Lyon County (775)-463-6501 775 463-5305 link Nikki A. Bryan, County Clerk, 27 South Main Street, Yerington, Nevada 89447-2571
Mineral County (775)-945-2446 775 945-0706 link Cherrie A. George, County Clerk, 105 South "A" Street, Suite 1, Hawthorne, Nevada 89415-0400 P.O. Box 1450, Hawthorne, Nevada 89415-0400
Nye County (775)-482-8127 775 482-8133 link Sandra L. "Sam" Merlino, County Clerk, 101 Radar Road, Tonopah, Nevada 89049-1031 P.O. Box 1031, Tonopah, Nevada 89049-1031
Pershing County (775)-273-2208 775 273-3015 link Lacey Donaldson, County Clerk, 398 Main Street, Lovelock, Nevada 89419-0820 P.O. Box 820, Lovelock, Nevada 89419-0820
Storey County (775)-847-0969 775 847-0921 link Vanessa DuFresne, County Clerk, 26 S. "B" Street, Drawer "D," Virginia City, Nevada 89440-0139
Washoe County (775)-328-3670 775 328-3747 link Luanne Cutler, Registrar of Voters, 1001 E. Ninth Street, RM A135, Reno, NV 89512 P.O. Box 11130, Reno, Nevada 89520
White Pine County (775) 293-6509 775 289-2544 link Lin Burleigh, County Clerk, 801 Clark Street #4, Ely, Nevada 89301-1994

Term limits

State executives

Portal:State Executive Officials
See also: State executives with term limits and States with gubernatorial term limits

State executive term limits in Nevada are as follows:[6]

The state executives who are term-limited in 2014 are:

See also: Nevada state executive official elections, 2014
Name Party Office
Brian Krolicki Ends.png Republican Lieutenant Governor
Ross Miller Electiondot.png Democratic Secretary of State
Catherine Cortez Masto Electiondot.png Democratic Attorney General
Kim Wallin Electiondot.png Democratic Controller

State legislators

See also: State legislatures with term limits

Members of the Nevada State Legislature are term limited to serve a total of 12 years, six terms in the Nevada State Assembly and three terms in the Nevada State Senate.[7]

Term limits were imposed on Nevada state legislators by a 1996 ballot initiative and took effect for those elected in 1998.


See also: Impact of term limits on state senate elections in 2014 and Impact of term limits on state representative elections in 2014

One member, a Republican, of the Nevada State Senate will be termed-out in 2014. Two members of the Nevada State Assembly will be termed-out in 2014--one Democrat and one Republican. They are:

Name Party Chamber District
Barbara Cegavske Ends.png Republican Senate District 8
William Horne Electiondot.png Democratic Assembly District 34
Thomas Grady Ends.png Republican Assembly District 38


See also: Impact of term limits on state senate elections in 2012 and Impact of term limits on state representative elections in 2012

Four members of the Nevada State Senate were termed-out in 2012--two Democrats and two Republicans. One member, a Democrat, of the Nevada State Assembly was termed-out in 2012.


See also: Impact of term limits on state senate elections in 2010 and Impact of term limits on state representative elections in 2010

Four members of the Nevada State Senate were termed-out in 2010--three Democrats and one Republican. Ten members of the Nevada State Assembly were termed-out in 2010--nine Democrats and one Republican.

Congressional partisanship

See also: List of United States Representatives from Nevada and List of United States Senators from Nevada

Here is the current partisan breakdown of the congressional members from Nevada:

Congressional Partisan Breakdown from Nevada
Party U.S. Senate U.S. House Total
     Democratic Party 1 1 2
     Republican Party 1 3 4
TOTALS as of April 2015 2 4 6

State legislative partisanship

Portal:State legislatures

Here is the current partisan breakdown of members of the state legislature of Nevada:


Party As of April 2015
     Democratic Party 10
     Republican Party 11
Total 21


Party As of April 2015
     Democratic Party 15
     Republican Party 27
Total 42

See also

Figure 1: This is the Declaration of Candidacy for Partisan Office for the state of Nevada.

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