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Mail-in Ballots

An image of the Martis Trail in Truckee during the winter.
Amy Westervelt / KUNR Public Radio

Here are your local news headlines for the morning of Friday, Apr. 2, 2021.

Nevada Legislators sit masked in tiered seating.
David Calvert / The Nevada Independent

Election reform is shaping up to become the signature issue of Nevada's 81st legislative session. Among the measures up for consideration is a Republican bill that would gut the state's emergency mail-in voting law, among other changes. Democrats, on the other hand, say they're looking to make those mail-in ballots permanent. KUNR’s Noah Glick spoke with Political Editor Paul Boger about the latest from Carson City.

Una persona que está procesando los votos electorales.
Jeff Scheid / The Nevada Independent

Este 3 de noviembre llegó la cita más esperada en la vida política de los Estados Unidos: El Día de la Elección. Las casillas vieron filas de votantes que optaron por ejercer su derecho justo en esa fecha tradicional, aunque muchos otros decidieron votar de manera anticipada.

An empty polling site. There are three voting cubicles placed in a row.
RAWPIXEL / ADOBE STOCK

More than 1.3 million people in Nevada voted in the 2020 general election. That's roughly 200,000 more ballots cast this year than in 2016. While results from across the state have continued to trickle in over the weekend, it appears most races are nearing their conclusion. KUNR's Michelle Billman spoke with political editor, Paul Boger who's been following all of the twists and turns to get the latest.

A man in a red mask and blue gloves sits in front of a table with a stack of paper ballots on the table and plexiglass in front of him.
Bob Conrad / This Is Reno

Nevada's top law enforcement official says the state's decision to release election results methodically is part of an effort to prevent voter fraud. The remarks by Nevada's Democratic Attorney General Aaron Ford came the same day officials with President Donald Trump's reelection campaign told reporters they were filing a lawsuit to stop election officials from counting “improper votes.”

Una hilera de buzones a la sombra.
Andrew Taylor / Flickr Creative Commons

Read in English.

Durante sus paradas de campaña en Nevada el mes pasado, el presidente Donald Trump expresó su preocupación por la nueva ley de voto por correo del estado, y la calificó falsamente como un intento de "manipular" las elecciones. Desde hace meses, Trump ha expresado su preocupación por la validez de los comicios, sembrando dudas entre los votantes. Jayden Perez de KUNR se sentó con Jeremy Gelman, profesor de ciencias políticas en UNR, para hablar sobre esas preocupaciones y si están erosionando la confianza del público en nuestro proceso electoral.

Nevada mail-in voting. Here's what to know. Illustration of a mail truck.
Illustrated by Stephanie Serrano / KUNR

Lee en español.

User note: If you are accessing this information with a screen reader or related assistive technology, please continue to the paragraph titled “Filling Out Your Ballot” for a transcription of the following infographics.

This illustrated mail-in voting guide is based on reporting from Stephanie Serrano and Natalie Van Hoozer regarding the Nevada 2020 general election. To learn about the state's voting process in detail visit their past reporting here.

A man in a mask waves to someone off camera. There’s a sign in front of him that says, “Adopt a Polling Place.”
Trevor Bexon

Mail-in ballots will be sent to registered voters in Washoe County starting Monday, Oct. 5. KUNR's Lucia Starbuck has the latest updates from the Washoe County Registrar of Voters Office as this process gets underway.

A line of mailboxes in the shade.
Andrew Taylor / Flickr Creative Commons

During his recent campaign stops in Nevada, President Donald Trump voiced concerns over the state’s new vote-by-mail law, falsely calling it as an attempt to “rig” the election. For months now, Trump has raised concerns about the validity of the election, sowing doubt amongst voters. KUNR’s Jayden Perez sat down with Jeremy Gelman, a political science professor at UNR, to talk about those concerns and whether it’s eroding the public trust in our electoral process.

Updated at 4:18 p.m. ET

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy defended his management of the U.S. Postal Service to the House on Monday amid concerns that his cost-cutting measures have jeopardized the agency's ability to serve Americans.

Mail service has slowed across the country, according to internal documents obtained by the House Oversight Committee, but DeJoy denies the slowdowns are part of any attempt to reduce voting by mail this year.

A group of women hold signs that read, “Don’t let Trump steal the election again!,” “Trump/DeJoy do not sabotage our right to vote by mail," and “Save the USPS!”
Lucia Starbuck / KUNR Public Radio

Structural changes within the United States Postal Service have caused concern across the country, and locally. On Saturday, people rallied in front of the post offices in Reno, Sparks and Carson City to support the Postal Service, including its role in the upcoming election, and the delivery of essential services. KUNR’s Lucia Starbuck covered the rally in Carson City.

A man sitting on a couch in the Carson City Capitol. He is facing two reporters.
David Calvert / The Nevada Independent

Lee en español.

A bill passed by Nevada lawmakers during a special session that calls for mail-in ballots to be sent to all active registered voters when an election comes in the wake of a statewide emergency or disaster declaration has stirred a flurry of reaction, all the way up to President Donald Trump.

New leadership is cutting costs at the U.S. Postal Service in a way that's backing up mail around the country, and many are concerned that could impact mail-in ballots ahead of the election on November 3. In the Mountain West, how your ballot could be affected depends on where you live.


Mail-in voting, which tens of millions of Americans are expected to use this November, is fraught with potential problems. Hundreds of thousands of ballots go uncounted each year because people make mistakes, such as forgetting to sign the form or sending it in too late.

As the United States prepares for a general election complicated by the coronavirus pandemic, a new national survey finds that most Americans support making it easier to vote by mail in November.

 


Two mail-in ballots.
Paul Boger / KUNR Public Radio

For the first time, a majority of the voters in Nevada will cast a ballot by mail in the upcoming June 9 primary. But the decision to switch to a mostly mail-in election hasn’t come without some controversy. KUNR's Paul Boger has the report.

The Nevada State Legislature building.
Alexa Ard / KUNR

Amid the pandemic, it’s election season. The Nevada Legislature is expected to gavel in early 2021, and right now, we are headed into the primaries. Paul Boger spoke with KUNR’s Bree Zender, to give an outlook on the June 9 primaries.

A roll of stickers with an American flag and the text "I voted / Yo Voté."
GPA Photo Archive / Flickr Creative Commons

Nevada’s June 9 primary will be a mostly mail-in election for the first time. All active registered voters should have already received an absentee ballot in the mail.  

If you haven’t received a ballot and want one or believe you should have received one, you’ll need to go online today, May 21, to register or update your registration information. Today is the last day to do so.

Two mail-in ballots laying on a wood table.
Paul Boger / KUNR

COVID-19 has changed just about every aspect of daily life over the past few months, and that includes Nevada’s June 9 primary. For the first time, the Silver State is holding a mail-in election to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. While many voters have already cast their ballot, others have questions. KUNR’s Paul Boger spoke with Wayne Thorley, Nevada’s deputy secretary for elections, to learn more about the primary.