N.R.S. 293C.370 – Counting of votes cast for deceased candidate
Overview of Statute
This section provides rules for ballots cast for candidates whose names appeared on a ballot but are deceased.
Except as otherwise provided in NRS 293C.115:
1. Whenever a candidate whose name appears upon the ballot at a primary city election dies after 5 p.m. of the first Tuesday after the first Monday in March, the deceased candidate’s name must remain on the ballot and the votes cast for the deceased candidate must be counted in determining the nomination for the office for which the decedent was a candidate.
2. If the deceased candidate on the ballot at the primary city election receives the number of votes required to receive the nomination to the office for which he or she was a candidate, the nomination is filled as provided in subsection 2 of NRS 293C.190.
3. Whenever a candidate whose name appears upon the ballot at a general city election dies after 5 p.m. of the second Tuesday after the second Monday in April, the votes cast for the deceased candidate must be counted in determining the results of the election for the office for which the decedent was a candidate.
4. If the deceased candidate on the ballot at the general election receives the majority of the votes cast for the office, the deceased candidate shall be deemed elected and the office to which he or she was elected shall be deemed vacant at the beginning of the term for which he or she was elected. The vacancy created must be filled in the same manner as if the candidate had died after taking office for that term.
1. Definition for General election
The election held pursuant to NRS 293.12755.
See Nev. Rev. Stat. § 293.060.
4. Definition for 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.
5. 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.