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What is taking so long to count ballots in Nevada?

NV AG says mail ballots, safe guards take time
Posted at 7:16 AM, Nov 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-05 13:52:01-05

NEVADA (KTNV) — The wait continues to see who will clinch the needed 270 electoral votes to win the presidency. Ballots are still being counted in critical battleground states, including Nevada.

Nevada's six electoral college votes could be the deciding factor in this election.


So what's taking so long to count the ballots?

"It's taking a little longer than normal this year because every active voter received a mail-in ballot this year," explained Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford.

"Processing mail takes time because election officials must ensure that no one has more than one vote," he said.

"And counting ballots has also taken time because we have many safeguards in place to prevent fraud," added Ford, "such as signature verification, unique bar codes and other tools."

Ford says officials knew the ballot counting process would take some time this year and adds that our counting procedures are overseen by a bi-partisan board in each county.

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He also says state officials have zero concerns about the ballots right now and are more focused on being accurate and fair.

The attorney general will host a Facebook live with Battle Born Progress on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. to discuss the election counting and verification process in more detail. Learn more here.

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The state's election department is set to release more results this morning after not releasing any yesterday after the early morning hours.

The Clark County Registrar of Voters Joe Gloria will provide daily updates on behalf of the county at 10 a.m. You can watch those live on ktnv.com.