Nevada's secretary of state encourages voter registration in the state

LAS VEGAS - Election day won't come around again until next year, but that isn't stopping Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske and her colleagues around the country from encouraging people to register to vote. 

Secretaries of state around the country have named September National Voter Registration Month, and in Nevada, this week is Voter Registration Week. 

Currently, in Nevada, nearly 1.5 million citizens are registered to vote, but Cegavske says there are an additional 330,000 people eligible to sign up, but they haven't done it yet. 

"We want as many as we can get of the 330,000 that I told you about," said Cegavske. "Our goal is to make sure everybody who is eligible can get registered. We think that's really important. And we want to do that. We want to make sure that their voice is heard and they vote."

To be eligible, you must be 18 years old, a citizen of the United States and a resident of your county for at least 30 days without any felony convictions or any court rulings that you're otherwise ineligible to vote.  If you're 17 years old but will turn 18 by election day, you can sign up now, Cegavske says. 

Those interested can sign up online, by mail, at the DMV or by going in person to any of the city clerks offices or the Clark County Registrar of Voters. 

You have to re-register if you move within Nevada, to make sure you're in the right precinct.  However, registering to vote is just half the battle. Once you're signed up, you have to get educated about the candidates and issues and actually turn out to vote, either during early voting or on election day. 

Although Clark County is the most populous by far in Nevada, it's only 13th when it comes to voter turnout.  At 75 percent in the 2016 general election. The top performer was Douglas County where nearly 94 percent of all registered voters cast a ballot. 

"Well, I think it's a very engaged community, and I think that we have a lot of retirees there, so I think that makes a difference as well," said Cegavske. "You'll see the numbers a little higher in some of those areas, but Douglas County is just a very involved community, and they want everyone to come out and vote."


More Stories

Don't Miss

  • #OurPain
    Copyright 2018 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
  • The 7th Annual 8 News NOW Super Recycle Event
    Copyright 2018 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
  • Red Cross Everyday Heroes
  • Politics Now
    Copyright 2018 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
  • Connect with 8 News NOW
    Copyright 2018 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Trending Stories

Latest News

Video Center