N.R.S. 304.230 – Governor to issue election proclamation; when election is to be conducted; consolidation with other elections
Overview of Statute
This section provides rules and requirements regarding the Governor calling for and scheduling a special election in the event of a vacancy in the office of Representative in Congress.
1. In the event of a vacancy in the office of Representative in Congress, the Governor shall, within 7 days after the event giving rise to the vacancy, issue an election proclamation calling for a special election to fill the vacancy. The Governor shall specify the date of the special election in the proclamation. Except as otherwise provided in subsection 2, the election must be conducted:
(a) As soon as practicable after the issuance of the proclamation;
(b) On a Tuesday; and
(c) Not more than 180 days after the issuance of the proclamation. If the vacancy is caused by a catastrophe, the election must be conducted not more than 90 days after the issuance of the proclamation.
2. A special election required pursuant to subsection 1 may be consolidated with a statewide election or local election scheduled to be conducted within 90 days after the issuance of the proclamation. The special election may be consolidated with a local election occurring wholly or partially within the same territory in which the vacancy exists only if the voters eligible to vote in the local election comprise at least 50 percent of all voters eligible to vote on the vacancy.
(Added to NRS by 2003, 765)
1. Definition for Catastrophe
A natural or man-made event that causes, by death or disappearance, a vacancy in at least one-fourth of the total number of offices in the United States House of Representatives, including any number of offices representing the State of Nevada, or at least one-half of the total number of offices representing the State of Nevada.
See Nev. Rev. Stat. § 304.210.
2. Definition for 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.