Nevada’s largest county tossing out local election due to excess of ‘discrepancies’

Election officials in Clark County, Nev., are tossing out the results of a county commissioner race in the state’s largest metro region after finding too many voter discrepancies.

Officials said Monday, that a special election will now be held next month for that lone race after finding several problems within the current balloting system, Just the News reported.

“We have found discrepancies that we can’t explain that would cast a doubt on whether or not that margin of victory is solid,” said Registrar of Voters Joe Gloria regarding the District C race.

In a report to county commissioners on Monday, Gloria said that in nearly 1,000 ballots officials “had found the discrepancies in tracking, moving from signature to Manuel signature verifications, as well as in the ballot curing process.”

“Some of the discrepancies found in the early voting and election day results included:

— Inadvertent canceled votes

— Voter check-ins

— Reactivated voter cards

— Duplicate activations

— Check-in errors”

Gloria also said that 60,109 provisional ballots had been cast, but 2,243 of them were tossed for various reasons including:

— 115 people had already voted

— 142 people voted in the wrong district or precinct

— 8 people weren’t eligible to vote

— 1,925 were not yet registered to vote

— 53 did not provide poll workers with adequate proof of residence or valid identification

The race in question was extremely close, having been separated only by 10 votes.

The decision by Clark County officials to hold the special election next month drew the attention of the Trump campaign, including President Donald Trump himself, who retweeted a post from his Nevada campaign co-chair and former state attorney general, Adam Paul Laxalt.

“Big victory moments ago in the State of Nevada. The all Democrat County Commissioner race, on same ballot as President, just thrown out because of large scale voter discrepancy. Clark County officials do not have confidence in their own election security. Major impact!” Trump wrote in his post.

“The Clark County Commission just threw out an election that represents almost 1/6 of the total votes cast in Clark County because there were too many ‘discrepancies’ to be sure that that the results in that election can be certain. 153K votes in this election,” Lexalt wrote.

The president’s campaign legal team and state Republicans initially challenged the ballot counting in Nevada but dropped it late last week. Nevertheless, Abigail Marone, a Trump campaign communications official, lampooned the Washington Post and other mainstream media for dismissing the president’s concerns of voter irregularities in Nevada and elsewhere.

“Ridiculous buried lede,” she wrote in Twitter. “First they say we’re making “baseless claims” of fraud Then they acknowledge fraud in Clark County caused them to throw out a county election & rerun as a special. Now imagine if Clark County actually investigated fraud.”

Richard Grenell, a former acting director of national intelligence for Trump, also highlighted Clark County’s admission of voter improprieties.

“Clark County, Nevada officials said they weren’t investigating voter fraud because they didn’t have the time or resources. But they just threw out 153k ballots for a County Commission race because of fear of fraud. But they weren’t even looking for fraud! Wow,” he wrote.

The Trump campaign sued Nevada in October after state election officials arbitrarily lowered the signature accuracy threshold on ballots from 80-90 percent to 40 percent, which Laxalt blasted as irresponsible.

In August, Trump himself threatened to sue Nevada after the state’s majority Democrats met in a late-night session to pass a universal mail-in ballot law experts said would lead to fraud.

Jon Dougherty

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