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Nevada officials blame 'technical issues' after people who did not vote in primary had mail-in ballots counted
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Nevada officials blame 'technical issues' after people who did not vote in primary had mail-in ballots counted

Officials in Nevada have admitted that a technical glitch caused errors to appear on a state website that tracks the voting history of registered voters.

Voters in the Silver State have a number of options to cast their ballots during primary and general elections: Vote early by mail, vote early in person, or vote in person on Election Day. Except for those who actively opt out of mail-in voting, all registered voters receive a mail-in ballot.

Once voters have cast their ballots, either in person or via mail, they can head over to vote.nv.gov to see whether their ballots have been counted under their voting history.

Last weekend, some registered voters logged into the website to take a look at their voting history, especially since the state earlier this month held both a "presidential preference primary" election and, for Republicans, a caucus. To their surprise, some voters found that a mail-in ballot for the preference primary had been recorded for them, even though they had either voted in person or had not voted at all.

"We just checked our voting history for the two of us and were surprised to find they confirmed our ‘Mail in Ballot,’" Nevada resident Pat Wallace wrote to his state senator, according to the Reno Gazette-Journal.

"One problem – we didn't send a mail-in ballot."

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that the Nevada Republican Party received "numerous" such complaints as well. "We take these reports very seriously," said Chairman Michael McDonald. "The cornerstone of our Republic is the trust and confidence of the American people in the electoral process. Any indication of irregularities must be thoroughly investigated to ensure the integrity of our elections."

The Nevada Secretary of State’s Office then quickly issued a statement to quell voters' concerns about election integrity and the reliability of the state's voting processes. "On Sunday, February 18, the Secretary of State’s Office became aware of possible technical issues related to the vote history of individuals who did not participate in the Presidential Preference Primary," said a spokesperson.

"Elections and IT staff began working on the issue immediately and met with county clerks and registrars this morning. We are working to resolve the issue as soon as possible and will provide further updates as we can."

The spokesperson also assured voters that the technical glitches did not affect final vote tallies: "It is important to note that vote history is generated separately from election results. Results on SilverStateElection.NV.gov and county canvasses of the votes are unaffected and accurate."

The secretary of state's office claimed that the glitches would be resolved within 48 hours and that a report about them would be issued at a later date.

Former President Donald Trump won the Nevada Republican caucus in a landslide because rival Nikki Haley was not even on the caucus ballot. The circumstances were flipped for the Nevada Republican presidential preference primary: Trump was not on the ballot, but Haley was. "None of these candidates" was likewise on the primary ballot, and that option trounced Haley in the final total, 63% to 31%, as Blaze News previously reported.

For Republicans, the Nevada primary means very little since only the caucus results will factor into the final delegate count at the GOP convention this summer.

President Joe Biden easily won the Nevada Democrat presidential preference primary vote. There was no Nevada Democrat caucus.

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