A beginner’s guide to Las Vegas’ spring elections

Sam Morris/Las Vegas News Bureau

Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman delivers her State of the City address Thursday, Jan 10, 2019, at Las Vegas City Hall.

It’s election season in Las Vegas, and dozens of candidates are competing for spots on the City Council and in the Mayor’s Office.

With three council seats open and Mayor Carolyn Goodman and Councilman Cedric Crear up for re-election, the makeup of the city’s most powerful governing body is expected to change significantly this summer.

In the primary election April 2, six mayoral candidates will face off against two-term incumbent Goodman. Two candidates are challenging Crear, who won a special election in Ward 5 this past year; 10 are running for the open council seat in Ward 1; and seven are running for the open seat in Ward 3.

If one candidate receives more than 50 percent of the vote in any of the primary elections, a general election for that race will not be held, and that candidate will automatically be declared the winner. At this time, the general election for all races is scheduled for June 11.

Here’s what voters need to know about the candidates, the races and voting ahead of the nonpartisan municipal elections.

Can I vote?

Voter turnout in Las Vegas municipal elections is typically low, so those who do vote have more influence on the outcome.

In 2017, 7.67 percent of registered voters came out to the polls during the primary election. Turnout in 2015 was slightly higher; 37,485 people voted in the mayoral primary election, or about 15.7 percent of registered voters.

Las Vegas residents can confirm their voter registration status by contacting the Clark County Election Department at 702-455-8683 (VOTE), or checking online at the Secretary of State’s Office at registertovoteNV.gov.

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