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When will it finish? Election Day in Nevada just won’t go away

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Tuesday is Election Day, however how lengthy will it take till we all know who wins?

The maddening wait to see election outcomes will be totally different from the 2020 election — doubtlessly, quicker. In 2020, hours grew to become days. But this year, the wheels ought to flip quicker.

With primaries and a normal election underneath its belt, Nevada has expertise with mail ballots that it lacked when mail grew to become essentially the most logical option to deal with an election underneath COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. The sheer quantity of mail ballots presents a a lot larger job for processing the votes. The duties are the identical with dealing with absentee ballots, however the quantity of labor is way higher due to the variety of mail ballots.

An early begin

This time round, Nevada counties had been allowed to begin tabulating votes earlier than Election Day. In 2020, that every one waited till after voting ended. The duties of verifying signatures and cross-checking ballots for double votes might be gradual going, so a superb quantity of labor has been finished forward of Election Day.

To make clear, the tabulation course of prepares votes for counting. No outcomes for candidates or poll questions have been counted. But the time-consuming process of processing the ballots is being tackled earlier, and that would imply a shorter wait to see the outcomes on election evening. The duties that at the moment are finished as ballots are obtained:

  • Record receipt of every mail poll
  • Place rejected mail ballots in a separate envelope, together with the rationale it was rejected
  • Document chain of custody of the mail poll

At that time, batches of mail ballots are delivered to the mail poll central counting board, the place these duties are dealt with:

  • Sort mail ballots by precinct or voting district
  • Count the variety of ballots
  • Account for all mail ballots

The particulars of the method are laid out in a 147-page revised regulation printed on Aug. 24.

The calendar

You would possibly assume that the method ends on Tuesday evening. But guidelines for mail ballots state that the vote have to be postmarked on Election Day — the U.S. Postal Service will get time to ship the ballots.

In shut election contests, these votes may doubtlessly determine whether or not a candidate wins or loses. That deadline is Saturday, Nov. 12 at 5 p.m.

So that’s once we’re finished, proper? Well, you’d assume so. But they would want time to course of and rely these ballots, too. There are a number of extra deadlines on a calendar published by the Nevada Secretary of State’s Office, together with a Nov. 14 deadline for curing signatures.

Then there are deadlines for post-election vote audits and a number of other different steps required in every election. But all of them lead as much as a Nov. 22 megadeadline:

  • Nov. 14, Signature remedy deadline – (not later than 5 p.m. on the sixth day following the election)
    Last day for a voter to supply a signature or affirmation or to in any other case remedy the signature to have a mail poll be counted.
  • Nov. 17, Postelection audit and certification of VVPATS (voter-verified paper audit path) – (not later than 7 working days after the election)
    After every election, County Clerks/Registrars of Voters shall conduct post-election VVPAT audits and transmit the outcomes to the Secretary of State.
  • Nov. 17, Transmit summary and mechanized report back to Secretary of State – (not later than 7 working days after the General Election)
    The County Clerk/Registrar of Voters shall ship a duplicate of the licensed summary and mechanized report of the summary to the Secretary of State.
  • Nov. 18, Canvass of the overall election returns – (on or earlier than the tenth working day following the General Election)
    During this era the Board of County Commissioners shall canvass the returns, from all precincts and districts inside the county, of the General Election. Counties should wait till the postmark receipt date and provisional ballots have been processed.
  • Nov. 22, Election contest for native candidates if no recount demanded – (no later than 14 days after the election)
    For contests involving workplaces apart from for Governor, Lt. Governor, Legislator, Justice of the Supreme Court or Judge of the Court of Appeals, the final day to file an announcement of contest with the District Court Clerk if no recount is demanded.
  • Nov. 22, Election contest for statewide candidates if no recount demanded – (no later than 14 days after the election)
    For contests involving workplaces for Governor, Lt. Governor, Legislator, Justice of the Supreme
    Court or Judge of the Court of Appeals, the final day to file an announcement of contest with the Secretary of State if no recount is demanded.
  • Nov. 22, Members of Supreme Court to canvass votes – (the 4th Tuesday in November)
    On this date, the Justices of the Supreme Court, or a majority thereof, shall meet with the Secretary of State to canvass the vote.
  • Nov. 22, (after the official canvass) Governor’s proclamation
    The governor shall concern certificates of election and shall concern proclamations declaring election of candidates.

On Nov. 25, (inside 3 working days after the canvass for the General Election) any calls for for recounts have to be filed.

So many deadlines.

It won’t really feel like we’re previous the election till Dec. 8 — the deadline for marketing campaign indicators to come back down.

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