Nevada Elections

Sec. § 293.200
Independent candidates: Qualification; petition of candidacy; time limit for challenge; declaration of candidacy.


1.

An independent candidate for partisan office must file with the appropriate filing officer as set forth in NRS 293.185:

(a)

A copy of the petition of candidacy that he or she intends to subsequently circulate for signatures. The copy must be filed not earlier than the January 2 preceding the date of the election and not later than 10 working days before the last day to file the petition pursuant to subsection 4. The copy of the petition must be filed with the appropriate filing officer before the petition may be circulated for signatures.

(b)

Either of the following:

(1)

A petition of candidacy signed by a number of registered voters equal to at least 1 percent of the total number of ballots cast in:
(I) This State for that office at the last preceding general election in which a person was elected to that office, if the office is a statewide office;
(II) The county for that office at the last preceding general election in which a person was elected to that office, if the office is a county office; or
(III) The district for that office at the last preceding general election in which a person was elected to that office, if the office is a district office.

(2)

A petition of candidacy signed by 250 registered voters if the candidate is a candidate for statewide office, or signed by 100 registered voters if the candidate is a candidate for any office other than a statewide office.

2.

The petition may consist of more than one document. Each document must bear the name of the county in which it was circulated, and only registered voters of that county may sign the document. If the office is not a statewide office, only the registered voters of the county, district or municipality in question may sign the document. The documents that are circulated for signature in a county must be submitted to that county clerk for verification in the manner prescribed in NRS 293.1276 to 293.1279, inclusive, not later than 10 working days before the last day to file the petition pursuant to subsection 4. Each person who signs the petition shall add to his or her signature the address of the place at which the person actually resides, the date that he or she signs the petition and the name of the county where he or she is registered to vote. The person who circulates each document of the petition shall sign an affidavit attesting that the signatures on the document are genuine to the best of his or her knowledge and belief and were signed in his or her presence by persons registered to vote in that county.

3.

The petition of candidacy may state the principle, if any, which the person qualified represents.

4.

Petitions of candidacy must be filed not earlier than the first Monday in March preceding the general election and not later than 5 p.m. on the third Friday in June.

5.

No petition of candidacy may contain the name of more than one candidate for each office to be filled.

6.

A person may not file as an independent candidate if he or she is proposing to run as the candidate of a political party.

7.

The names of independent candidates must be placed on the general election ballot and must not appear on the primary election ballot.

8.

If the sufficiency of the petition of the candidacy of any person seeking to qualify pursuant to this section is challenged, all affidavits and documents in support of the challenge must be filed not later than 5 p.m. on the fourth Friday in June. Any judicial proceeding resulting from the challenge must be set for hearing not more than 5 days after the fourth Friday in June.

9.

Any challenge pursuant to subsection 8 must be filed with:

(a)

The First Judicial District Court if the petition of candidacy was filed with the Secretary of State.

(b)

The district court for the county where the petition of candidacy was filed if the petition was filed with a county clerk.

10.

The district court in which the challenge is filed shall give priority to such proceedings over all other matters pending with the court, except for criminal proceedings.

11.

An independent candidate for partisan office must file a declaration of candidacy with the appropriate filing officer and pay the filing fee required by NRS 293.193 not earlier than the first Monday in March of the year in which the election is held and not later than 5 p.m. on the second Friday after the first Monday in March.
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