Six Republican candidates for the Nevada Assembly who lost in the June 14 primary filed legal action Tuesday in Clark County District Court alleging “possible” malfunction of voting machines. The “statements of contest” seeks a judicial order requiring that the electronic vote tallies in their races be compared with the backup paper records. Those requesting the rare procedure are Diana Orrock, Steve Sanson, Connie Foust, Tina Trenner, Mary Rooney and Blain Jones. In a statement, Jones, who lost by 10 percentage points in Assembly District 21 to incumbent Assemblyman Derek Armstrong, R-Henderson, said the move is being sought to “ensure we know the full truth for each race.”
Jones and the other challengers ran on a no-tax platform and sought to unseat incumbents who voted in favor of a commerce tax passed by the 2015 Legislature and pushed by Gov. Brian Sandoval to fund his two-year budget and education agenda. They allege the tallies had “inexplicable electronic results.”
Assembly GOP Majority Leader Paul Anderson, R-Las Vegas, called the maneuver an abuse of the system and sour grapes. “What an unfortunate abuse of the election system,” Anderson said. “The votes have been tallied and we’re excited to be moving on to the general election and moving Nevada forward.”
Clark County Registrar of Voters Joe Gloria said there were no problems or malfunctions with voting machines that would have skewed the election outcome.