N.R.S. 293.180 - Certificates of candidacy: Requirements; filing; acceptance of candidacy
Overview of Statute
This section governs the requirements for certificates of candidacy filed by voters and the acceptance by candidates.
1. Ten or more registered voters may file a certificate of candidacy designating any registered voter as a candidate for:
(a) Their major political party’s nomination for any partisan elective office, or as a candidate for nomination for any nonpartisan office other than a judicial office, not earlier than the first Monday in February of the year in which the election is to be held nor later than 5 p.m. on the first Friday in March; or
(b) Nomination for a judicial office, not earlier than the first Monday in December of the year immediately preceding the year in which the election is to be held nor later than 5 p.m. on the first Friday in January of the year in which the election is to be held.
2. When the certificate has been filed, the officer in whose office it is filed shall notify the person named in the certificate. If the person named in the certificate files an acceptance of candidacy and pays the required fee, as provided by law, he or she is a candidate in the primary election in like manner as if he or she had filed a declaration of candidacy.
3. If a certificate of candidacy relates to a partisan office, all of the signers must be of the same major political party as the candidate designated.
1. Definition for Judicial office
The office filled by any judicial officer.
See Nev. Rev. Stat. § 293.064.
2. Definition for Political Party
Any minor or major political party.
See Nev. Rev. Stat. § 293.073.
3. Definition for Primary election
The election held pursuant to NRS 293.175.
See Nev. Rev. Stat. § 293.080.
4. Definition for Registered voter
An elector who has completed the procedure prescribed by law for registration as a voter.
See Nev. Rev. Stat. § 293.090.
5. Definition for Nonpartisan office
An elected office for which a political party may not nominate a candidate.
See Nev. Rev. Stat. § 293.0675.
6. Definition for Major political party
Any organization which qualifies as such pursuant to NRS 293.128.
See Nev. Rev. Stat. § 293.0655.
7. Definition for 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.
8. Definition for Candidate
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
Attorney General's Opinion
AGO 316 (1946) Designation of a nomination need not be verified and, if it contains the requisite number of signatures, may be offered for filing by one person on behalf of all signers.
AGO 627 (1969) Under NRS 293.180, the ten or more registered voters who designate a candidate need only be of the same political party as the candidate at the time of filing the certificate of candidacy, because the statute does not place a time requirement or a time limitation of any kind upon party membership of the registered voters who designate a candidate by a certificate of candidacy.