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N.R.S. 293.263 - Primary ballot for major political party: Form; names of candidates to be grouped alphabetically; exception

Overview of Statute

This section provides the form of a primary ballot for major political parties.


On the primary ballots for a major political party, the name of the major political party must appear at the top of the ballot. Except as otherwise provided in NRS 293.2565, following this designation must appear the names of candidates grouped alphabetically under the title and length of term of the partisan office for which those candidates filed.

      (Added to NRS by 1960, 251; A 1965, 652; 1967, 847; 1971, 442; 1979, 265; 1989, 227; 2003, 1717)

Definition [Political Party]

Any minor or major political party.

See Nev. Rev. Stat. § 293.073.

Definition [Major political party]

Any organization which qualifies as such pursuant to NRS 293.128.

See Nev. Rev. Stat. § 293.0655.

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 [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

Attorney General's Opinions

  • AGO 126 (1922) When the surname of a candidate is a hyphenated name, the entire name should appear on the ballot and its placement in alphabetical order is governed by the first letter of the name.

  • AGO 138 (1922) Where a single nonpartisan office is to be filled, the primary ballot should instruct the voters to vote for but one candidate for such office.

  • AGO 147 (1924) The primary ballot instruction to voters as to the number to be voted for is governed by the number to be elected, not the number to be nominated, as a result of a 1923 amendment to sec. 12, ch. 155, Stats. 1917, the primary law (cf. NRS 293.263), regardless of whether the office be partisan or nonpartisan.

  • AGO B-5 (1940) The provisions of NCL section 2415 (cf. NRS 293.263), govern instructions to voters as to the number to be voted for on a primary ballot for nonpartisan offices; and where but one person is to be elected to an office at the general election, the instruction should be "Vote for one."