Nearly a week after Nevada’s primary election, officials are yet to look under the hood to see what caused glitches with Washoe County’s new voting machines. County Registrar of Voters Deanna Spikula said her office was still working to finalize and audit results from last week’s primary election and had not had a chance to conduct a full assessment of what went wrong with the county’s recently unveiled, multimillion-dollar election hardware. Officials last week said they were aware of fewer than 10 voters affected by well-publicized malfunctions that left some candidates off of ballots or displayed the wrong slate of ballot choices — potentially giving voters a chance to help decide races they weren’t eligible to vote in.
Some of those contests were settled by a few dozen or a few hundred votes, raising the specter that voting machine issues may have cost candidates a fair shot at public office.
Reached Monday morning, Spikula didn’t deny that ballot display problems may extend beyond the small handful of voters who contacted her office on Election Day, but said she could only speak to the reported glitches ahead of a Monday meeting with the company that makes the voting tablets.
Only that company, Dominion Voting Systems, will be able to determine how many voters may have cast a ballot on a machine that improperly displayed or otherwise omitted eligible candidates, Spikula said.