Robert Hunter wrote in saying he's heard that Mitt Romney's legal name is "Willard." He wants to know if under Nevada law does a candidate need to list their full legal name or can a nickname be used ?
According to the Nevada Secretary of State's Campaign Guide a nickname of not more than ten letters may be used on the ballot but it must appear in quotation marks and be followed by the candidates real name. Nickname's can't be political and they must not be designed to deceive voters in any way.
However, in Romney's case..."Mitt" is not really a nickname, it is his middle name.
For that reason quotation marks are not required according to the Secretary of State and the candidates name will appear simply as Mitt Romney since that's how the party would like it to appear.