You’re new to Washoe County and perhaps you’ve either registered to vote Republican or you are considering registering as a Republican. Here is what you need to know about how the Republican Party operates in Washoe County.
The voting levels for elected lawmakers here in Washoe County are at the:
Voters are organized into legally drawn precincts, which consist of roughly 150-200 households each and there are approximately 440 precincts in Washoe County. Each Assembly District consists of about 60-70 precincts, and there are four Senate Districts in the County. As of July 2021, there are approximately 322,000 voters, including 107,000 Democrats, 108,000 Republicans, and 107,000 Non-partisan/other.
The Nevada State Legislature meets in even-numbered years for 120 days. The 81st Session will began in February 2021 and ended in June 2021.
According to the Nevada State Constitution (Nevada Revised Statutes, or NRS), both major political parties are required to have Precinct Meetings and a County Convention every two years, in the even years. In Presidential years, the Precinct Meetings are called a Caucus and there is a Presidential Preference Poll held at the Caucus.
There are three Republican Conventions that are held: a County Convention, a State Convention, and the National Convention.
The Central Committee is the governing body of the County Party. Previously, the Republican Party Central Committee met quarterly, usually on the 4th Thursday evenings of January, April, July, and October at a specified location in Washoe County. However, at the July 2021 meeting membership voted to hold monthly meetings beginning September 2021.
A new Central Committee is nominated at the Precinct Meetings as discussed above and all new members are elected en masse at the County Convention. The term is for two (2) years until the next Precinct Meetings in 2022.
It is likely that the answer is yes. If the prescribed slots from your precinct are not filled at the Precinct Meetings, there is a two-meeting process required to become a member of the Central Committee. Call the County Party office (775-827-1900) and ask to be placed in nomination at the next Central Committee meeting, which you should attend. Once nominated, you will need to be present at the subsequent meeting to get elected. Then you are a full Central Committee member, with all rights and voting privileges.
You may miss only one of these two meetings. However, you must advise the Secretary ([email protected]) in advance that you still wish to be placed in nomination or election, even though you cannot be present. If you cannot make either of the two meetings, you should wait for a time when you can make two consecutive meetings for the Central Committee nomination/election process. An application must be completed by any person wishing to serve on the Central Committee.
Remember, you are representing your precinct. You may not miss more than 3 consecutive unexcused meetings or you will be removed from the Central Committee. In order to get excused, simply phone (775-827-1900) or email the Secretary ([email protected]) that you cannot make the meeting and you will be excused.
Primary election. June 2022 (exact date TBD).
Republican candidates for elected offices in Washoe County are selected at this election.
General election. Tuesday, November 8, 2022.
Early Voting begins October 17 and goes to October 31. Voting locations are usually at Raley’s supermarkets and at Town Center Shopping Mall. During Early Voting, voters may vote in any location.
No photo ID or ID of any kind is required to vote. Additionally, this year, anyone not registered to vote can show up on election day, request to register and vote on the same day. The ballot will be “provisional” which will require confirmation by the County Registrar of Voters before it can be counted, so in some races, we may not know the winner for two or more weeks.