200,000 voters Disenfranchised in Nevada


The Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) has put out a report finding that over 200,000 ballots mailed to voters in Las Vegas, Nevada, were ‘undeliverable.’

Clark County sent out 1.3 million ballots to registered voters, about 17 percent of which were undeliverable. Nevada has opted for all mail-in ballot elections, meaning 17 percent of the registered voters in the county, with 75 percent of the state’s population, are disenfranchised.

J. Christian Adams, the president of PILF, has looked into how well mail-in voting works. He recently wrote, “These numbers show how vote by mail fails. New proponents of mail balloting don’t often understand how it actually works. States like Oregon and Washington spent many years building their mail voting systems and are notably aggressive with voter list maintenance efforts. Pride in their own systems does not somehow transfer across state lines. Nevada, New York, and others are not and will not be ready for November.”

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Dan Kulin, a spokesman for Clark County, told reporters, “The addresses that we used were provided by the voters when they registered. If they no longer reside at the address they provided to us, then we would expect that mail to be returned to us, which is what happened.”

Trump suing Nevada over shoddy mail-in vote scheme

The Trump campaign is suing Nevada over their mail-in voting system. Unlike other states engaging in mail-in voting, Nevada mails out ballots to every registered voter, rather than applications. The Trump campaign sees too many possibilities for abuse with such a system.

For example, in the recent Democratic primary in New York City, 84,000 mail-in ballots were disqualified. Nevertheless, Democrats continue to push for mail-in voting.

Logan Churchwell, the communications director for PILF, has said that the Clark County elections department asked the county commission not to send ballots to every registered voter. The department believed that it would be “a costly exercise of sending mail to addresses that were sure to bounce any parcel.” The commission sent out the ballots anyway.

Nevada known to have poorly maintained voter rolls

Churchwell noted, “Nevada’s voter rolls aren’t maintained to the standard required for an all-mail experience like Oregon or Washington. The Nevada governor is foolish to think he can replicate his regional neighbors’ years of development and practices with mail voting in a matter of months with a weekend emergency bill.”

If, by supporting unreliable mail-in voting, the Democrats are pushing for a scenario where no one agrees on who wins the presidential election, are they ready for what comes next?