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Nevada > Statutes > Minor Political Parties

N.R.S. 293.171 - Procedure for organization

Overview of Statute

This section outlines the procedure for organizing a minor political party.


1.  To be organized as a minor political party, an organization must file with the Secretary of State a certificate of existence which includes the:

(a) Name of the political party;

(b) Names of its officers;

(c) Names of the members of its executive committee; and

(d) Name of the person authorized to file the list of its candidates for partisan office with the Secretary of State.

2.  A copy of the constitution or bylaws of the party must be affixed to the certificate.

3.  A minor political party shall file with the Secretary of State an amended certificate of existence within 5 days after any change in the information contained in the certificate.

4.  The constitution or bylaws of a minor political party must provide a procedure for the nomination of its candidates in such a manner that only one candidate may be nominated for each office.

5.  A minor political party whose candidates for partisan office do not appear on the ballot for the general election must file a notice of continued existence with the Secretary of State not later than the second Friday in August preceding the general election.

6.  A minor political party which fails to file a notice of continued existence as required by subsection 5 ceases to exist as a minor political party in this State.

(Added to NRS by 1987, 1359; A 1989, 2160; 1999, 3548; 2011, 3276)

Definition [Political Party]

Any minor or major political party.

See Nev. Rev. Stat. § 293.073.

Definition [General election]

The election held pursuant to NRS 293.12755.

See Nev. Rev. Stat. § 293.060.

Definition [Minor political party]

Any organization which is organized as such pursuant to NRS 293.171.

See Nev. Rev. Stat. § 293.066.

Definition [State]

A state of the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands or any territory or insular possession subject to the jurisdiction of the United States.

See Nev. Rev. Stat. § 293D.080.

Definition [Ballot]

The record of a voter’s preference of candidates and questions voted upon at an election. The term includes, without limitation, any paper given to a voter upon which the voter places his or her vote and any electronic storage tapes.

See Nev. Rev. Stat. § 293.025.

Definition [Person]

1.  A natural person;

2.  Any form of business or social organization;

3.  Any nongovernmental legal entity, including, without limitation, a corporation, partnership, association, trust, unincorporated organization, labor union, committee for political action, political party and committee sponsored by a political party; or

4.  A government, governmental agency or political subdivision of a government.

See Nev. Rev. Stat. § 294A.009.

Definition [Candidate]

Any person:

      1.  Who files a declaration of candidacy;

      2.  Who files an acceptance of candidacy;

      3.  Whose name appears on an official ballot at any election; or

      4.  Who has received one or more contributions in excess of $100, regardless of whether:

      (a) The person has filed a declaration of candidacy or an acceptance of candidacy; or

      (b) The name of the person appears on an official ballot at any election.

See Nev. Rev. Stat. § 294A.005.

Regulations & Guidance

Administrative Regulations

  • Certificate of existence amending name of political party, effect, NAC 293.077.