NV Secretary Of State Said Double Voters Won't Face Prosecution

Investigation Reveals Double Voting Was Just A Mistake

July 31, 2018 - 5:25 pm

CARSON CITY, NV (KXNT) - Many people thought there was something "fishy" going on during the June 12 primaries in Clark County. However, after an investigation, it turns out the six people who double voted, really didn't realize they voted twice.

Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske announced today that none of the six individuals in Clark County identified as double voters in the June 12 primary election will be referred for prosecution based on the information the Secretary of State’s office obtained through its investigation. “We take voter fraud very seriously,” said Secretary Cegavske, “and as soon as the issue was brought to our attention, we launched a criminal investigation.”

Each double voter was interviewed by investigators from the Secretary of State’s office, and the totality of the facts supported the individuals’ claims that they genuinely did not realize they had voted twice in the same election.  The voting systems in use in Nevada are designed to prevent a person from voting twice in the same election; however, connectivity issues and the failure of election workers to follow proper procedure allowed these six individuals to bypass the built-in safeguards.  Additional training and software solutions are being implemented for the general election.

In five of the six cases, the individual voted once during the 14-day early voting period and then voted again on Election Day.  The sixth individual voted on two separate days during the early voting period.  Two of the individuals are registered Democrats, two of the individuals are registered Republicans, and two of the individuals are registered non-partisans or with a minor political party.

As previously reported by Clark County election officials, 43 voters may have voted twice in the 2018 primary election.  This number includes the six individuals that were investigated by the Secretary of State’s office.  The remaining 37 voters did not intend to vote twice but were allowed to cast a second ballot after alerting a poll worker that their first attempt to vote was believed to be unsuccessful.  In all 37 instances, the voter was not at fault.  Instead, the poll worker did not follow the proper procedure.  Software updates and additional training will be implemented for the general election in order to address this issue.