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N.R.S. 293B.330 – Duties of election board upon and after closing of polls; public may observe handling of ballots

Overview of Statute

This section provides procedures for the election board upon the closing of the polls.


1.  Upon closing of the polls, the election board shall:

      (a) Secure all mechanical recording devices against further voting.

      (b) If a mechanical voting system is used whereby votes are directly recorded electronically:

             (1) Ensure that each mechanical recording device:

                   (I) Provides a record printed on paper of the total number of votes recorded on the device for each candidate and for or against each measure; and

                   (II) Transfers the ballots voted on that device to the storage device required pursuant to NRS 293B.084.

             (2) Count the number of ballots voted at the polling place.

             (3) Account for all ballots on the statement of ballots.

             (4) Place all records printed on paper provided by the mechanical recording devices, all storage devices which store the ballots voted on the mechanical recording devices, and any other records, reports and materials as directed by the county clerk into the container provided by the county clerk to transport those items to a central counting place and seal the container.

      (c) Record the number of voters on a form provided by the county clerk.

2.  If a difference exists between the number of voters and the number of ballots voted, the election board shall report the difference and any known reasons for the difference, in writing, to the county clerk.

3.  After closing the polls, the election board shall:

      (a) Compare the quantity of the supplies furnished by the county clerk with the inventory of those supplies; and

      (b) Note any shortages.

4.  The county clerk shall allow members of the general public to observe the handling of the ballots pursuant to subsection 1 if those members do not interfere with the handling of the ballots.

(Added to NRS by 1975, 1528; A 1985, 11061987, 3601991, 22261995, 27901997, 34702001, 19512007, 11682607)

Definition [County clerk]

Except as the term is used in NRS 293.393, whenever the term “county clerk” is used in this title it means “registrar of voters” in those counties where such office has been created pursuant to the provisions of NRS 244.164.

See Nev. Rev. Stat. § 293.044.

Definition [Election board]

The persons appointed by each county or city clerk to assist in the conduct of an election.

See Nev. Rev. Stat. § 293B.027.

Definition [Central counting place]

The location designated by the county or city clerk for the compilation of election returns.

See Nev. Rev. Stat. § 293.0335.

Definition [Mechanical voting system]

A system of voting whereby a voter may cast a vote:

      1.  On a device which mechanically or electronically compiles a total of the number of votes cast for each candidate and for or against each measure voted on; or

      2.  By marking a paper ballot which is subsequently counted on an electronic tabulator, counting device or computer.

See Nev. Rev. Stat. § 293.0659.

Definition [Mechanical recording device]

A device which mechanically or electronically compiles a total of the number of votes cast for each candidate and for or against each measure voted on.

See Nev. Rev. Stat. § 293.0657.

Definition [Clerk]

The election board officer designated or assigned to make the record of the election in the roster, tally list and challenge list in the precinct, district or polling place in which such officer is appointed.

See Nev. Rev. Stat. § 293.040.

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 [Board]

As used in NRS 295.075 to 295.125, inclusive, unless the context otherwise requires, “board” means the board of county commissioners.

See Nev. Rev. Stat. § 295.075.

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.