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Campaigning/Electioneering

Definition

    NRS 293.740 defines electioneering as campaigning for or against a candidate, ballot question or political party by:

    • Posting signs
    • Distributing literature
    • Using loudspeakers
    • Buying, selling, wearing or displaying any badge, button or other insignia, except that a person may wear political insignia while voting only if he/she is reasonably unable to cover it
    • Soliciting signatures of any kind

    Regulations

    The regulations for electioneering and campaigning are in the Nevada Revised Statutes’ sections 293.3572, 293.361 and 293.740. The rules differ for early voting and election day electioneering:

    Early Voting

    • If the voting site is located on PRIVATE PROPERTY (mall, supermarket, etc.), no electioneering is allowed on the owner’s property without the owner’s permission (NRS 293.3572).
    • If the voting site is located on PUBLIC PROPERTY, no one may electioneer within 100 feet of the voting area (NRS 293.361).
       

    Election Day

    • No one may electioneer within 100 feet of the entrance to the building or structure in which a polling place is located (NRS 293.740).

    Public Observation of Voting

    NRS 293.274 and 293.700 - 293.840 set out the rules for observation of voting by the public at polling places. Anyone may observe voting at a polling place, i.e., no credentials are required. An observer should ask for the polling place "Team Leader" when he/she arrives. The Team Leader will direct the observer to a designated location within the polling place and the observer must remain within this area at all times, including during the closing of the polls (NAC 293.245 (5), (6)). Limited special provisions are made for the media.

Public Observers MAY:

  • Sit or stand in the designated public viewing area
  • Examine completed posting logs (ANYONE may view posting logs).

Public Observers may NOT:

  • Disrupt voting or election workers
  • Converse with voters
  • Electioneer/campaign
  • Use electronic communication devices
  • Photograph, videotape or sound record voting

Media Representatives with Proper Credentials May:

  • Film willing persons inside the voting area
  • Interview willing persons