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Independent candidates for [[U.S. Senate]] have two options for filing. First, a candidate may submit signatures equal to at least 1% of the total number of ballots cast in the last general election for the office the candidate is seeking. The second option is for a candidate to submit 250 valid signatures of registered votes.<ref name="ind">[http://nvsos.gov/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=2127 ''Nevada Secretary of State'' "Independent Candidate Guide 2012" Accessed April 26, 2012]</ref>
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Independent candidates for [[United States Senate|U.S. Senate]] have two options for filing. First, a candidate may submit signatures equal to at least 1% of the total number of ballots cast in the last general election for the office the candidate is seeking. The second option is for a candidate to submit 250 valid signatures of registered votes.<ref name="ind">[http://nvsos.gov/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=2127 ''Nevada Secretary of State'' "Independent Candidate Guide 2012" Accessed April 26, 2012]</ref>
  
 
Nevada law prohibits write-in candidacies or write-in votes of any kind.<ref name="guide">[http://nvsos.gov/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=2121 ''Nevada Secretary of State'' "Candidate Guide 2012" Accessed April 26, 2012]</ref>
 
Nevada law prohibits write-in candidacies or write-in votes of any kind.<ref name="guide">[http://nvsos.gov/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=2121 ''Nevada Secretary of State'' "Candidate Guide 2012" Accessed April 26, 2012]</ref>

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This page details Nevada signature requirements. In many states, the signatures of registered voters must be collected to place candidates or initiatives on the ballot. However, for candidates, filing fees are sometimes required or accepted in lieu of signatures.

Federal offices

U.S. Senate

Partisan candidates for U.S. Senate must pay a $500 filing fee.[1]

Independent candidates for U.S. Senate have two options for filing. First, a candidate may submit signatures equal to at least 1% of the total number of ballots cast in the last general election for the office the candidate is seeking. The second option is for a candidate to submit 250 valid signatures of registered votes.[2]

Nevada law prohibits write-in candidacies or write-in votes of any kind.[1]

U.S. House

Partisan candidates for U.S. House must pay a $300 filing fee.[1]

Independent candidates for U.S. House have two options for filing. First, a candidate may submit signatures equal to at least 1% of the total number of ballots cast in the last general election for the office the candidate is seeking. The second option is for a candidate to submit 250 valid signatures of registered votes.[2]

Nevada law prohibits write-in candidacies or write-in votes of any kind.[1]

Filing deadlines

2012

See also: Signature requirements and deadlines for 2012 U.S. Congress elections

The deadline for all candidates to qualify for the primary election was March 16, 2012.

State offices

Statewide executive offices

All candidates for Governor of Nevada must pay a $300 filing fee. All candidates for state office other than Governor or Justice of the Nevada Supreme Court must pay a $200 filing fee.[1]

Independent candidates for Governor or any other state officce have two options for filing. First, a candidate may submit signatures equal to at least 1% of the total number of ballots cast in the last general election for the office the candidate is seeking. The second option is for a candidate to submit 250 valid signatures of registered votes.[2]

Nevada law prohibits write-in candidacies or write-in votes of any kind.[1]

State legislature

Partisan candidates for State Assembly and State Senate must pay a $100 filing fee.[1]

Independent candidates for State Assembly and State Senate have two options for filing. First, a candidate may submit signatures equal to at least 1% of the total number of ballots cast in the last general election for the office the candidate is seeking. The second option is for a candidate to submit 250 valid signatures of registered votes.[2]

Nevada law prohibits write-in candidacies or write-in votes of any kind.[1]

Filing deadlines

2012

See also: Signature requirements and deadlines for 2012 state government elections

The deadline for all candidates to qualify for the primary election was March 16, 2012.

Ballot measures

Nevada signature requirements for initiative petitions and recall are as follows:

Signature requirements

Current requirements

Proponents must collect signatures equal to 10% of the total votes cast in last general election. Nevada does not require a higher percentage for constitutional amendments than it requires for statutory initiatives, veto referendums, or statute affirmations.

Year Amendment Statute Veto referendum Statute affirmation
2014 101,666 101,666 101,666 101,666
2012 72,352 72,352 72,352 72,352
2010 97,002 97,002 97,002 97,002
2008 58,627 58,627 58,627 58,627

DocumentIcon.jpg See law: Nevada Constitution, Article 19, Sections 2 & 3

Basis for calculation

Distribution requirements

See also: Distribution requirements

Under Nevada's distribution requirement, proponents must collect signatures equal to 10% of the total votes cast in last general election in each of the state's congressional districts. Nevada's current rule developed in response to several legal challenges.

In 2006, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the state's "13 counties rule" was unconstitutional in ACLU v. Lomax. The rule required that initiative petitions be signed by a number of registered voters equal to 10% of the total votes cast in the preceding general election in each of 13 of Nevada's 17 counties. The court found that it was unconstitutional because it diluted the preferences of residents of densely populated counties.

In 2007, the Nevada State Legislature passed Nevada Senate Bill 549. SB 549 tweaked the previous distribution requirement by requiring these signatures from all of the state's 17 counties. The law did implement a formula to adjust the county requirement for county populations, but the formula only compensated for differences in the percentage of the population which voted--not for differences in population density or other factors. The American Civil Liberties Union challenged the new law in February of 2008 and succeeded in having the US District Court for Nevada overturn the law in Marijuana Policy Project v. Miller.

In 2009, the Nevada State Legislature passed Senate Bill 212. The law created the existing requirement, but gave it a sunset date of July 1, 2011. The bill required the Legislature to establish petition districts for use after that date. On July 13, 2011, the Governor of Nevada, Brian Sandoval (R), signed Senate Bill 133 which retained congressional districts as the basis of the distribution requirement.

DocumentIcon.jpg See law: Nevada Revised Statutes, Chapter 295, Section 069 ; Nevada Senate Bill 549 ; Nevada Senate Bill 212 & Nevada Senate Bill 133

Recall

  • To recall an elected official in Nevada, 25% of registered voters who lives in the district represented by the officeholder being recalled are required.
  • At the end of 2010, there are 1,139,406 voters that have an active registration on file with the Secretary of State[4].
  • In order to recall a statewide officer 284,852 signatures are required.

Signature deadlines

2012

2010

See also

External links

References