Voting resources for students

To register to vote or update your voter registration, please visit vote.gov.

Why student votes matter

According to the Census Bureau's statistics from 2018, only 32% of young voters between the ages of 18-24 voted in the 2018 midterm elections. Compare that to the 68.1% of voters over the age of 65, 57% of voters between the ages of 45-54, 51% of voters between the ages of 35-44 and 42.1% of voters ages 25-34 voted in those same elections1. Meanwhile the average age of our Congress Representatives and Senators is 57.8 years of age2.

In other words, young people's perspectives and voices (your perspectives and voices) are disproportionately missing from important conversations and policy-making decisions.

The University of Nevada, Reno participates in the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE) study by Tufts University. This study is used to inform our institution on the level of voter engagement on our camps. We are proud to say that students at Nevada turn out to vote at a rate 6% higher than the national average3.

Registering to vote in the residence halls

Students registering to vote in the residence halls need to ensure they use two critical pieces of information while registering to vote:

1. Valid mailing address. Use the Center for Student Engagement voter registration address, listed below.

Residential hall students, as well as any student who is unable to receive mail where they live, can use the Center for Student Engagement mail address to register to vote and receive their mail-in ballots. The address is to be used only for voting registration and ballots purposes—not for personal mail delivery.

CSE Voter Reg.
MS 0058
1664 N. Virginia Ave.
Reno, NV 89557

2. Residential address. This is your residence hall address hall listed below.

Residential addresses for residence halls for 2020
Residence Hall Address City State Zip
Canada Hall 1255 N. Virginia Street Reno Nevada 89503
Canyon Flats 661 N. Center Street Reno Nevada 89501
Great Basin Hall 1250 N. Virginia Street Reno Nevada 89503
Juniper Hall 1050 N. Virginia Street Reno Nevada 89503
Manzanita Hall 1014 N. Virginia Reno Nevada 89503
The Nevada Living Learning Community 1295 N. Virginia Street Reno Nevada 89503
Nye Hall 55 Artemesia Way Reno Nevada 89503
Peavine Hall 38 W. 11th Street Reno Nevada 89503
Sierra Hall 1001 N. Virginia Street Reno Nevada 89503
Uncommon 1669 N. Virginia Street Reno Nevada 89503

Vote power: High school voter registration drives

You have the power to make your voice heard—it's your vote power. The Center for Student Engagement works to create opportunities for high school students to access and exercise their vote power. We work closely with local high schools in the Washoe County School District, in a partnership with the Washoe County Registrar of Voters Office, to register high school seniors to vote. If you're a student at Nevada and are interested in volunteering for Vote Power: High School Voter Registration Drive, please check GivePulse for upcoming drives. If you're an educator and are interested in having us visit your high school, please contact the Center for Student Engagement at studentengagement@unr.edu.

Sources

  1. US Census Bureau. “Voting and Registration in the Election of November 2018.” The United States Census Bureau, 22 Apr. 2019.
  2. Manning, Jennifer. “Membership of the 115th Congress: A Profile." United States Senate, Congressional Research Service, 20 Dec. 2018.
  3. "Student Voting Rates for University of Nevada-Reno." National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement Campus Report. Tufts University Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life. September 2019. Please reach out for a copy of this report.

Frequently Asked Questions about Voting

  • What are the three ways I can cast my ballot in Nevada in 2020?

    You have three wasy to cast your vote this November.

    1. Drop your “Vote by mail” ballot in the mail
      • All registered voters will receive "vote by mail" ballot  to your address on file starting October 2, 2020
        • Make sure you are registered to vote at your correct address to receive your ballot!
      • Fill out your “vote by mail” ballot & secure the ballot in the provided pre-paid return envelope
      • Place your “vote by mail” ballot into your mailbox at your house or drop off at the nearest post office
      • Your ballot must be post marked no later than Election Day. (Nov. 3 rd, 2020)
      • Track your vote by mail ballot at BallotTrax
    2. Place your “Vote by mail” ballot in a secure drop box
      • Fill out your “vote by mail” ballot & secure the ballot in the provided return envelope
      • Ballot will be scanned by poll worker before going into a secure box
      • Visit a “vote by mail” drop off location in Washoe County
        • Washoe County Polling locations
        • Lawlor Events Center will have a drop off location for early voting
        • Closest to campus is Raley’s at 701 Keystone Ave for early voting & voting day
      • Check wait times at “ Wait Time” app
      • Track your vote by mail ballot at BallotTrax
    3. Vote at a polling location
      • Bring your vote by mail ballot to the polling location in Washoe County
      • If you don’t surrender your vote by mail ballot, you will be asked to sign an affirmation swearing you will not vote twice
      • Bring your sample ballot & your own writing pen
      • Wear a face covering & prepare for longer lines
      • Election workers will be sanitizing after each voter
      • Check wait times at “Wait Time” app
  • How will COVID-19 affect the 2020 general election?

    With the passing of SB4 this summer, all registered voters in Nevada will be mailed a ballot to their current registered address on file

    • All registered voters will get a “Vote by Mail” ballot sent to your address on file starting in some counties on October 15, 2020
    • It is important that you check your address on file with the Nevada Secretary of State website. In order to receive your “Vote by Mail” ballot, you must update your address or register online by October 20, 2020.
    • You have three choices to cast your vote this November.
      • Drop your “Vote by mail” ballot in the mail
      • Place your “Vote by mail” ballot in a secure drop box
      • Vote at a polling location

    For more about Nevada elections, please visits the Nevada Secretary of State elections web page.

  • How do I become an educated voter?

      Nevada will have 5 Ballot Questions in 2020

      For a full listing of Candidates running in Nevada, visit 2020 Statewide Certified List of Candidates.

      In Washoe County, you will be able to view an electronic ballot online that you can view, mark and save on your phone. 

    • When are the voter registration deadlines for the 2020 general election?
      • Online in Nevada at Secretary of State website – Due by October 29, 2020
        • Must have Nevada Driver ’s License/ID Card
        • Must have last four digits of your Social Security number
        • Must have continuously resided in your Nevada county at 30 days before the date of the election
        • Must have continuously resided in your precinct at least 10 days before the date of election.
      • In person & by mail – October 6, 2020
        • This is the last day for anyone who wants to register in Nevada and don’t have an issued Nevada Driver’s License or Nevada ID.
        • You can fill out a paper form at the ASUN Center for Student Engagement offices on the 3 rd Floor of The Joe. Our hours are Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-8 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
        • Nevada has in-person same day registration at any voting or early voting site if you have a Nevada Driver’s License or Nevada ID. You might also be asked to provide proof of residency. 
    • When is early voting and the general election?

      Early voting in Nevada is available to every voter (who is voting as a Nevada resident). Voters can vote at any location in their respective county where early voting is offered.

      The University of Nevada, Reno will offer early voting on campus from October 17 to October 30th at Lawlor Events Center from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. each day. You can see a full listing for Washoe County locations at the Washoe County polling locations webpage.

      In-person early voting requires you to vote in the county where you are registered to vote unless you re-register in a different county. For example, if your primary residence is in Las Vegas (and you used your primary address to register), you will need to request a mail-in absentee ballot or update your mailing address if you are currently living in Washoe County for college. Nevada has in-person, same-day registration at any voting or early voting site if you have a Nevada driver’s license or Nevada ID. You might also be asked to provide proof of residency. 

      The general election is November 3rd, 2020. The closest on Election Day polling location to the University is at Rancho San Rafael park. You can see a full list of Washoe County voting locations on the Washoe County polling locations webpage.

    • What if I am not from Nevada but moved to Nevada to go to college?

      If you want to vote in Nevada, you must be a resident of Nevada for 30 days preceding any election, be at least 18 years of age on or before Election Day and be a U.S. Citizen. You are eligible to vote in Nevada even if you are classified as "out of state" by your college or university.

      • You may choose to register using your current campus mailing address
      • You may register and vote in Nevada using your permanent Nevada residence as long as you do not intend to set up a primary residence in another state
      • To register online in Nevada, you must have a Nevada driver's license or Nevada ID. If you don’t have this you MUST register by a paper form. You can do this at the Center for Student Engagement on the 3rd floor of the Joe or at the Washoe County Registrar Office.
      • Once you are registered, you will receive a voter registration card by mail from your county
      • Keep in mind that you may register and vote in only one county/state per election
    • How do I register and vote in my home state and what is the deadline to do that?

      Start by going to vote.gov. Select your state/territory and click "find out how to register." This will take you to state/territory-specific voter registration information. Each state has different deadlines for registering and asking for an absentee ballot.

      Absentee ballot links in other states: