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Nevada's slow election results lead to memes, tensions as nation waits

Posted at 11:56 PM, Nov 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-06 03:18:33-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The nation continues to wait for Nevada's election results and some people have used memes as a way to show their angst and frustration.

This comes as demonstrations outside Clark County Election Center in North Las Vegas continued for a second night.

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Hundreds of mostly President Trump's supporters gathered to wave flags, chat and push for election results.

The rising tensions have the attention of election officials.

"I can tell you my wife and my mother are very concerned for me," said Clark County Registrar of Voters Joe Gloria.

"We have security here, we have law enforcement who are protecting us, I am concerned about the safety of my staff," explained Gloria.

13 Investigates has learned as of Thursday, there are approximately 190,000 ballots left to be counted statewide, according to the Nevada Secretary of State's office.

Of those, approximately 160,000 are from Clark County.

Gloria says the ballots have a variety of items that need to be rectified, such as voter identification requirements, missing signatures, provisional ballots and mail-in ballots which are still arriving by mail.

"Our goal here in Clark County is to not count fast, we want to make sure that we are being accurate," explained Gloria.

"The results in Nevada are obviously going to be very important to the rest of the country and that is our number one goal," added Gloria.

The ballots must go through an intense, multi-step process to ensure the integrity of the system.

Gloria says it could be several more days before the counts are complete.

This waiting has led to several memes that have been posted on a variety of social media including Instagram and Twitter.

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"I think it's a product of this generation, you're seeing more and more young people engaged in the voting process in the political process and they grew up with technology and memes are very common and popular with young groups," said Natalie Pennington, a professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Thursday, Gloria says there have been no official reports of voter fraud.

More election results are expected to be released around 9 a.m. Friday, with the bulk of mail-in ballots potentially counted by Sunday.