Primary Election in Washoe County, Nevada: 5 Things to Know

The 2022 primary has arrived.

Here’s what to know about how to vote (even if you haven’t registered yet), how to check if the county got your ballot, when to expect results, how to watch the count, and how report problems.

How can you still vote

• Voting in person or dropping off a ballot: At the top of washoecounty.gov/voters, there is a light blue “Wait Times Map” button. Click on Tuesday to see polling and ballot drop-off locations in the greater Reno area and how long the wait is at each.

• If you are not yet registered: You can still vote using same-day registration. You can register in person on Tuesday at any polling place (see the map here). All new registrants must provide a valid Nevada driver’s license or ID and proof of residency, only if different from the address on your ID.

How to check if the county received your ballot

At the top of Washoe County Registrar of Electors webpagethere is a blue button to “check ballot status”.

It will let you know if you voted and if there is a problem with your vote.

If this shows there has been a problem, call the Voter Helpline at 775-328-3670 or email electionsdepartment@washoecounty.gov.

How to know who won and lost

• Preliminary results: The Washoe County Registrar of Electors will not release the results until the last voter in line at a Nevada polling center casts their ballot. This is when the polling stations close.

People can’t line up to vote after 7 p.m., so depending on the length of lines in parts of Nevada — especially Clark County — Washoe County might not start giving updates. before 8 p.m., give or take half an hour if all goes well.

RGJ.com will have an immediate feed from the Nevada Secretary of State on our website.

• Final results: Final election results will be available no later than June 24, 10 days after the election, as per Nevada law.

What happens during these 10 days? Here is an overview.

As always, the totals will change for a few days after Election Day. Nevada law allows counties to receive ballots by mail up to four days after Election Day if they are postmarked on or before Election Day.

Two additional days are set aside to deal with any issues with signatures that do not match those on file.

Then there is another day used to check if people voted at two different places in the county.

Finally, three days later, county commissioners – along with the Carson City Board of Supervisors – certify the election results.

How to watch the count

If you wish to observe the counting of the votes, go to the Washoe County Compound at 1001 E. Ninth St. Find the Office of the Registrar of Electors in Building A.

The observation room can accommodate eight people: two from each major political party, two independents/non-partisan and two “others”.

There is an attendance sheet. Observers must check in and out with a maximum of four hours when there are observers waiting.

The observation room opens at 7 a.m. Tuesday and will be open until they stop counting ballots.

In 2022, Washoe County constructed a new area from which to observe the counting of ballots at its administrative offices.

If you have election concerns

• See something, say something: Some people claim to have witnessed issues with the 2020 election but did not report it at the time.

“If anyone feels bullied or harassed, it’s really important that they call our office right away so we can address it,” Washoe County government affairs officer Jaime Rodriguez said.

The number is 775-328-3670.

“If we get these phone calls,” she said, “we can alert our ballot managers so they can keep an eye on them to make sure people aren’t doing these things or violating not the 100 foot election rules.”

Ballots are sorted and counted at the Washoe County Registrar's office on Election Day in Reno on November 3, 2020.

• Vote twice: The county assigns voting “credit” to your name if they received a ballot from you, electronic or paper. If you try to vote again, a flag will indicate that you have already voted.

Don’t vote twice, even if you’re trying to test the integrity of the system. You’ll get caught, like Craig Frank of Las Vegas, who earned a felony conviction.

And don’t try to vote for someone who’s dead even if you try to argue that the voters rolls could be cleaner. Again you will be taken, like Kirk Hartlewho used his late wife’s ballot in Clark County.

Do you have any electoral advice? Email me at mrobison@rgj.com.

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