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UPDATE: Clark County registrar not aware of any voter fraud

Posted at 10:45 PM, Apr 14, 2017

UPDATE APRIL 18: In light of recent statements from the Nevada Secretary of State’s Office, Clark County Registrar of Voters Joseph Gloria said he is not aware of any evidence of voter fraud here.

“We stand by the integrity of our process,” Gloria said. “At this time, we have not been presented with any information from the Secretary of State’s Office to indicate there were issues in Clark County. If there is an issue we want to address it. We will continue to monitor the situation and are ready to provide any assistance we can to the Secretary of State’s Office.”

UPDATE APRIL 15: The Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles issued a response Saturday to the Secretary of State's allegations.

In a response sent on Saturday, Terri Albertson stated, “Your letter comes as a complete surprise as you and your office have reviewed, contributed to, and approved the processes you are expressing concerns about.”

The DMV has been working to be in compliance with the National Voting Rights Act, which requires each driver's license application, including any renewal application, to serve as a simultaneous application for voter registration.

"In accordance with the NVRA ... the Department is required to submit the application regardless of
completeness to State election officials for them to assess the eligibility of the applicant," the letter states.

Original signed voter registration applications are provided to the clerk/registrar along with a transmittal sheet. According to the letter, the DMV places an indicator on a sheet when the DMV believes the application needs further review to determine voter eligibility.

"Your letter indicates the Department’s practice to forward all applications may be attributable to a misinterpretation of the NVRA. Our current practices have been put in place based on advice from all parties. We will work with our Deputy Attorney Generals to review all processes to ensure we have not misinterpreted the NVRA requirements and take appropriate corrective action if deemed necessary."

Assembly Republican Leader Paul Anderson released a statement regarding the investigation into possible illegal votes having been cast in the 2016 election.
 
"These allegations, if substantiated, are serious and troubling. We look forward to hearing the results of Secretary Cegavske's investigation, and working to find ways to ensure the integrity of our voting system, which has been a part of Assembly Republican’s Battle Born Priorities throughout the legislative session."

ORIGINAL STORY

Nevada officials are investigating illegal votes in the 2016 election.

Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske released a statement Friday night regarding the investigation.

“After we received verifiable evidence of potential illegal votes cast in the 2016 general election, we launched an investigation.  The integrity of the entire election process, from voter registration to the casting of ballots, is always my number one concern.  Although we are in the nascent stages of the investigation, we have confirmed there were illegal noncitizen votes cast in the 2016 general election.  We also have confirmed instances of ineligible voters who did not vote being on the voter rolls.  As I have pledged to all Nevadans, I will be vigilant in ensuring the integrity of the election process.”

According to a letter from Cegavske to Terri Albertson, the director of the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles, DMV employees offered "voter registration materials to non-citizens to DMV customers whom they know to be non-citizens based upon their presentation of a Green Card for identification purposes."

Cegavske wrote that it is the Secretary of State Office's understanding that some DMV employees were instructed to accept voter registration materials from all customers, including those who present a Green Card.

Cegavske asked the DMV to stop the practice immediately.

The number of illegal votes has not been released at this time.