Nevada is one of the states allowing early voting. For the 2018 General Election, early voting begins on Saturday, October 20 and ends on Friday, November 2. Polling places and hours of operation for early voting are located at numerous places around Washoe County.

Should you want to vote by absentee ballot instead, you can request a ballot by mail or in person from the Washoe County Registrar of Voters. Absent ballot requests must be received no later than Tuesday, October 30, 2018 by 5 p.m., and returned before the polls close on Election Day (Tuesday, November 6, 2018 by 7 p.m.).

Early voting has proven to be a popular option, with large numbers of residents casting ballots before the official General Election Day on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. With early voting, you can vote at any of the available locations, but you must go to your assigned precinct polling place to vote on Election Day.

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You only have a limited amount of time to register to vote, or update your voter information, for the upcoming 2018 Primary Election on Tuesday, June 12. If you would like to take advantage of early voting, you really need to make sure your registration is in order and soon. Here are the voter registration dates you need to know. If you will be 18 years old by election day, you can register like any other eligible voter.

  • Voter registration by mail: Postmarked no later than May 5, 2018.
  • Voter registration in-person: Last day is May 22, 2018.
  • Voter registration online: Last day is May 24, 2018 (11:59:59 p.m.).
  • Absent ballot request: Received no later than June 5, 2018 by 5:00 p.m.
  • Early voting: May 26 through June 8, 2018.
  • Primary Election day: June 12, 2018.

You can check on your voter registration status by inquiring through the Nevada Secretary of State “Voter Registration Search.” If you have any questions about your voter registration, contact the Washoe County Registrar at (775) 328-3670.

Reno, recreational marijuana pot, sales, stores dispensaries, Sparks, Carson City, Nevada, NV
Since recreational pot sales became legal in Nevada on July 1, 2017, the industry has taken off big time. You can tell by the tax revenue that’s being generated. The first month produced over $3.5 million for the state treasury and the next two years are projected to result in around $120 million. Most of this will go to Nevada’s schools and some gets socked away in a rainy day fund.

The original four Reno / Sparks dispensaries that started retail recreational sales on July 1 have grown to more than twice that number. Locations have also expanded and now include stores in Sun Valley, Carson City and Incline Village. And as of January 1, 2018, recreational marijuana is legal in neighboring California.

Note that legal recreational marijuana sales are not a license to light up wherever and whenever you please. For a summary list of the rules, licensed dispensaries and more information, refer to “Recreational Marijuana in Reno, Sparks and Nevada.”

Use and possession are still violations of federal law. People are not permitted to smoke or consume marijuana in federally subsidized housing or on any federally owned land / facilities in the State of Nevada. Whether or not the U.S. Department of Justice starts getting heavy handed (as has been threatened by Attorney General Jeff Sessions) with state marijuana legalization laws remains to be seen. From what I’ve seen, the marijuana industry is betting against federal interference despite Sessions’ huffing and puffing. They would be stepping on states’ rights and favorable public sentiment, and killing thousands of marijuana generated jobs.