With new voting machines and millions of dollars in new funding for enhanced security, Nevada officials had hoped for hiccup-free elections this year. But hiccups were exactly what they got. The combination of problematic new software and human error allowed up to 43 Clark County voters to cast two ballots in the June 12 primary. Six of those people, it was revealed last week, are being investigated by the state for potential voter fraud. Two of those being investigated are Republican, two are Democrat, and two are independents, Clark County Registrar of Voters Joe Gloria said. The Nevada secretary of state’s office confirmed that an investigation has been launched, but did not provide details.
Voter fraud is rare, and Gloria said the six people being investigated are the most he can remember in his tenure with the county.
“I do not recall in my 18 years of doing this another scenario with this many,” Gloria said.
With the hiccups a fresh memory and the constant worry about interference from Russia or others looking to meddle in the United States’ democratic process, election officials want to hit a reset button before Nevadans cast ballots for the Nov. 6 general election.