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Civic Engagement and Voting: Register

This guide shares resources and strategies for learning about socio political issues in order to vote or otherwise participate in civic discourse. It also details local resources for getting involved as well at UNLV and local events.


The three most important parts within registering to vote are preparing to register to vote, understanding when to vote, and choosing the political party that aligns the closest with your core values and beliefs. Check out the boxes below for more information about registering to vote!

Finding Your Political Party

When it comes time to register to vote, you'll be asked to choose register with the political party of your choosing. Check out these great resources to help determine what political party your values align most closely with!

  • Pew Research Center - The Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes, and trends shaping the world.
  • ISideWith - ISideWith is another great nonpartisan source to check out. ISideWith offers information about current political issues, elections, and candidates. 
  • Accredited Schools Online - Accredited Schools Online has put out an amazing first-time voter guide that includes information about voter demographics, voting facts versus myths, and a great political affiliation quiz.

Step 1 - Getting Registered

Once you've determined the political party that aligns most closely with your values and beliefs, it will be time to get registered! Voting registration requirements vary from state to state, so find yours by visiting!

The basic requirements for getting registered to vote in Nevada are simple. To start, you must be a United States citizen and at least 18 years old by election day, but you are able to pre-register at 17 years old! In order to be registered and vote in Nevada, you must have been living here for at least 30 days prior to registering. Luckily, you can register to vote any time, including election day, once you have established residency. Lastly, in order to prove your state residency, you'll need to have a Nevada ID card, so make sure you have yours!

To recap, you must be: 

  • A United States citizen
  • 18 years old by election day4
  • A resident of Nevada
  • Nevada Identification - Check out this great resource to learn the registration requirements in your state today!

Step 2 - Important Voting Dates

After getting regitered to vote, you'll need to know when to vote! Here are some dates to look out for this election season in Nevada. 

  • Election Day is Tuesday, November 3, 2020.
  • The deadline to register online to vote is Thursday, October 29, 2020.
  • The deadline for registering by mail to vote is (postmarked by) Tuesday, October 6, 2020.
  • The deadline to register in-person to vote is Tuesday, October 6, 2020.
  • The early voting period runs from Saturday, October 17, 2020, to Friday, October 30, 2020, but dates and hours may vary based on where you live.

You can also register and vote on Election Day! - Check out this great resource to learn the important voting dates in your state!

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