Once again election day approaches and you want to do your civic duty and vote. But your life is chaos. Between work, the kid's soccer practice, grocery shopping, going out to dinner with clients and taking your special someone to see a show you have no time. Yet, you are a patriotic American and you will find time to make your voice heard by voting, Don't worry I'm here to help.
Use this guide to finding your local polling place and make the process of voting a bit simpler.
Step 1: Register to Vote. In Nevada, as in all US States you must first register to vote to be put on the official ballot register. If you have not registered to vote or are unsure if you have see my article on Registering to Vote in Las Vegas.
Step 2: Find Your Polling Place. Unless you decide to participate in the Early Voting Ballot, you must vote on Election Day and you can only vote at your designated Polling Place. To find your polling place head to the official Clark County Government Website and input your information. You can even register to vote if you didn't follow the instructions above. You will then have access to a host of important information including...
- Review your current registration data.
- Print forms to update your registration if you have moved.
- View a sample ballot. Helpful to avoid the "hanging chads" that plagued Florida in 2000.
- Find your polling place. Usually at a local school, events center or place of worship.
- Request or track a mail ballot.
- Apply to be a volunteer poll worker.
Step 3: Stay Informed. Elections are always full of double speak, hyperbole and confusion. Who to believe? Who to vote for? Just as it is the right of every American Citizen to vote, it is also a responsibility. While I do not endorse any point of view I do advise checking out the Las Vegas Review Journal's extensive coverage of political issues and there affects on Nevada and Las Vegas. As always please read numerous sources and stay informed.
Step 4: Get Out and Vote. All this preparation is pointless if you do not actually get in the car on Election Day and vote. Here are some important dates to remember for the 2012 General Election.
- October 6th, 2012 - Registration Deadline. This is the last day to Register to Vote in Nevada for the November General Election by mail or online.
- October 7th - October 16th, 2012 - In Person Registration Deadline. If you miss the online and mail in registration deadline you can register in person only at the Election Department.
- October 20th - November 2nd, 2012 - Early Voting polling places open and last for 14 days. This is a great way to get voting out of the way and avoid the crowds on Election Day.
- October 30th, 2012 - Absentee Request Deadline. This is the last day that a request for an Absentee Voting Ballot request to be received in the election office. NOTE: This is not the last day you can mail a request. The election office must have your request by this day.
- November 6th, 2012 - Election Day. Get out and vote.
So register, read up and do your civic duty and vote on election day.
More Information on Voting in Las Vegas.