President Trump on Monday celebrated what he called a “Big victory” in Nevada after Clark County commissioners declined to certify the election results for a county commission race — though the decision does not directly impact the presidential election results, which commissioners certified.
Discrepancies in 936 ballots in Clark County, Nevada, included six people who voted twice and caused the county’s board of commissioners to authorize a redo of a razor-thin county commission race separated by just 10 votes.
No other races had a winner with margins smaller than the number of ballots that had discrepancies, however, and an all-Democratic commission voted on Monday to certify the results of the 2020 election canvass in every other race. Clark County accounts for the vast majority of voters in the state of Nevada, where President-elect Joe Biden leads President Trump by 33,596 votes.
Clark County registrar of voters Joe Gloria told the board of commissioners on Monday that of the 974,185 votes cast in the election, his office identified 936 ballots with discrepancies. Of those, 710 were discrepancies in mail-in precincts, 121 were in early voting precincts, 105 were in voting day precincts, and 6 voters voted twice.
“There’s no election that goes without discrepancies that are identified. In particular, this time, with such a large mail ballot number, that number that I’ve identified is actually in the thousandths of a percent, so it was fairly accurate,” Gloria told the commission.
In the open Clark County Commission District C race in which the vote canvass found Democrat Ross Miller is ahead of Republican Stavros Anthony by just 10 votes, 139 discrepancies in applicable precincts called into question the integrity of the election. Because a recount would simply repeat the same canvass procedures and would not be likely to correct those discrepancies — a 2016 recount resulted in only four votes corrected — the commissioners voted to begin the process of a special election for that race.
Commission Chairwoman Marilyn Kirkpatrick asked about what consequences the six double voters would face. “I hope that we’re going to go after them, correct? If we can prove that it was egregious and on purpose?” she asked.
Gloria responded by saying that the double votes would be forwarded to the office of Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske, a Republican, for investigation.
Although the special election will have no effect on the presidential race, Trump tweeted Monday that the move was a “big victory.”
“Clark County officials do not have confidence in their own election security. Major impact!” Trump said, despite no officials expressing a lack of confidence in election security during the Monday commission meeting.
A lawsuit from Trump’s campaign that challenges, in part, the state’s use of machines that verify mail-in ballot signatures has a Thursday deadline for additional filings and no hearing date set.