Allegations that Russian hacking, fake news and voter fraud influenced the 2016 election have made election security and integrity a paramount national issue. And with early voting for Nevada’s midterm primary kicking off in less than three weeks, that issue hasn’t been lost on election officials. “Voters should absolutely have confidence in the system in place,” said Wayne Thorley, deputy secretary of state for elections in Nevada. “They should have confidence that when they go and cast a ballot that it will be recorded correctly and that their vote counts.”
In February, the Center For American Progress, a liberal-leaning think tank, issued election-security grades for all 50 states.
Nevada, along with 22 other states, received a ‘C’ grade. No state received an ‘A,’ 11 states were given a ‘B.’ Florida, Tennessee, Arkansas, Indiana and Kansas received an ‘F.’
Specifically, Nevada was dinged for not requiring cybersecurity training for county-level election officials and allowing military and overseas voters to submit ballots by email.