Nevada County Voter Information

Written by on September 17, 2020

The November 3rd 2020 election is just around the corner. Here’s a detailed list of frequently asked questions to help keep you informed about our local election process here in Nevada County.


How and where can I register to vote?

Call the Registrar of Voter’s office to find out where you can pick up a voter registration form in person: (530) 265-1298. Or visit All registered voters in Nevada County will receive a vote-by-mail ballot. More info for voting by mail HERE. You must re-register to vote when you move, change your name, or political affiliation.

You can find out if you are already registered to vote by going to:


When is the registration deadline?

October 19, 2020

If you miss that deadline you will need to complete a Conditional Registration Form in person at the Nevada County Office of the Registrar at the Rood Center, in Nevada City, beginning October 20, or at a Vote Center from October 31st to November 3rd. More info visit


What is Conditional Voter Registration?

Conditional Voter Registration is Same Day Registration. It is a state law and safety net for Californians who miss the deadline to register to vote or update their voter registration information. You will have to go to a voting center to complete this process. Note: your ballot will only be counted after verification process. This may cause a delay in election results, please avoid if possible.


What is the difference between mail-in ballots and absentee ballots?

In California there is virtually no difference between mail-in and absentee ballots. Since California has a no-dispute absentee policy, everyone who is registered is eligible for a mail-in ballot. Some counties began providing more options for voting by switching to all mail-in voting in 2016. Nevada County became a mail-in county June of 2018. The differences are minute- one difference for Nevada County is that “Polling Places” became “Vote Centers.” Polling places were specific to your residence- you used to have to go to your specific polling place to either drop off your ballot or vote in person; Vote Centers can accommodate any voter from the county. Also, Nevada County has installed 18 drop box locations which are not serviced by the post office. Employees of the Nevada County Registrar of Voters pick these ballots up personally and make sure they’re counted properly.  For context, 29 states offer no-dispute absentee ballots.


Where are the ballot drop boxes located?

There are 18 ballot drop boxes in Nevada County. View them all HERE 


Where are the Voting Center Locations?

There are Vote Centers set up at the Rood Center Nevada City, Gold Miners Inn Ballroom, Grass Valley, Best Western Conference Center Brunswick Basin, Penn Valley Fire Station #43 on Spenceville Rd, Higgins Lions Community Center Grass Valley, and Cedar House Hotel Ballroom in Truckee.  For more info you can call  530-265-1298 or online here

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