Deadline passes to deposit ballots in all mail-in primary |

Deadline passes to deposit ballots in all mail-in primary

Election Administrator Dena Dawson works the Election Tent on the first day after ballots were mailed out on May 1.
Kurt Hildebrand photo

The deadline to mail or drop off ballots has passed for the Douglas County primary election.

“We want to remind voters that Tuesday is the last day to return a ballot, whether in person at the election tent between 7 a.m.-7 p.m., or by dropping it in the mail,” Election Administrator Dena Dawson said. “Ballots post-marked by June 9 will be counted as long as our office receives them by 5 p.m. the seventh day after the election.”

Voters may drop off their ballots in person 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the election tent behind the Douglas County Courthouse, 1616 Eighth St., in Minden. Voters dropping off a ballot for someone else, must sign an affidavit.

As of Thursday night, Republicans have returned 8,563 ballots in the mail-in primary, or around 41 percent. 

That’s nearly 2,000 more ballots than were cast in the 2016 Republican primary, but still 3 percent short of the turnout in that election, which resulted in Nelson and Walsh winning their seats.

Total turnout in the election so far has been 36 percent.

On Wednesday, the Nevada Secretary of State’s Office said Douglas had the fourth highest turnout in the state. Lincoln County posted the top turnout at 40 percent, followed by White Pine and Humboldt.

County election officials have seven calendar days to receive and count mail ballots that are postmarked on or before June 9.  Counties also have 10 calendar days after an election to certify election results.

After the polls close at 7 p.m. and the last voter in line has cast a ballot, the counties will begin reporting election results to the Secretary of State.  The first results will be posted online around 8:30 p.m.  at These results will consist of all the ballots the counties have counted to date.  At midnight, updates to the results will stop being posted.

At approximately 9 a.m. Thursday through June 17, updated election results will be posted online.  These results will include the ballots the counties counted the previous day.

Official results for the 2020 primary election results will be posted June 19.  At this point all ballots will have been counted and the results will have been certified, according to the Secretary of State’s Office.

Douglas County residents who want to register to vote or change their registration may still do so today by visiting the Clerk-Treasurer’s Election Tent behind the historic Douglas County Courthouse, 1616 Eighth St., in Minden.

Voters can track their mail-in ballots by visiting