What's going on in Nevada? Despite Clark County Registrar Joe Gloria's recommendation to hold a special election for the District County Commissioner race after a narrow 10-vote victory by Democrat Ross Miller, the County Commission has instead voted to certify the results. County Registrar Gloria reasoned that the outcome of the race could not be certain until "unexplained discrepancies" were remedied. The only way to do this? Hold a special election.
As reported by the Las Vegas Review-Journal:
In the tightest of four county Commission contests, Miller squeaked to victory by 10 votes. But county Registrar of Voters Joe Gloria said his department identified 139 unexplained discrepancies — which occur routinely in elections — or some error in less than 0.1 percent of 153,000 votes cast.
With no way to remedy those discrepancies, Gloria said, the county could not be certain of the end result in only that race.
In a year when confidence in the American election system is at an all-time low, the Commission's decision is perplexing. Why not choose the option that would give the public full confidence in the outcome of the race?
Litigation regarding Gloria's suggested special election is still pending.
Undermining voter confidence even further are allegations of a compensation for votes scheme among the Native American communities of Nevada that have recently resurfaced:
“Pro-Biden effort offered Native Americans $25-$500 Visa gift cards and jewelry to vote” https://t.co/nNDcrhIgSX— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 3, 2020
As reported by the Washington Examiner:
Key Native American leaders working with the Biden campaign offered tribal members and associates Visa gift cards, jewelry, and other “swag” to vote in the presidential election, according to several videos being used by the Trump campaign’s effort to challenge Nevada’s vote.
In one long video, officials from the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony are shown offering a raffle for gift cards in values of $25, $100, $250, and $500 to those who can prove they voted.
Other gifts for voting include bracelets, necklaces, earrings, T-shirts, and masks.
RSIC spokeswoman Bethany Sam is also seen in the footage wearing a Biden-Harris mask in front of the campaign bus.
Nevadans shouldn't have to "take a gamble" every time they cast their vote hoping that the election will be fair.