Nevada Tribes Buy Votes


Few things are more direct than offering people the chance to win Visa gift cards for voting and it’s not a widely used strategy, because federal law, 18 USC 597 to be exact, prohibits offering or making “an expenditure to any person, either to vote or withhold his vote.”

“Whoever makes or offers to make an expenditure to any person, either to vote or withhold his vote, or to vote for or against any candidate; and Whoever solicits, accepts, or receives any such expenditure in consideration of his vote or the withholding of his vote, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both; and if the violation was willful, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than two years, or both,” the law reads.

But this didn’t stop the Nevada Native Vote Project, though which claimed on its Facebook page that it organizes and mobilizes “tribal voters through direct advocacy,” and in the meantime conducted raffles and giveaways in 15 Nevada native communities, with 116 voters receiving $6,650 in cash prizes.

“After voting, voters can enter our raffle, prizes include Visa gift cards and native beadwork,” a post addressed to the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony (RSIC) said. The grand prize was a $500 gift card while four $250 gift cards, four $100 gift cards and eight $25 gift cards were also awarded.

“If you come here to vote or if you voted already, RSIC is having a raffle,” said RSIC spokeswoman Bethany Sam in one of the projects many videos.

In the same video, she is shown wearing a Biden-Harris anti-virus mask and in front of the Biden-Harris campaign bus.

There were also $50 Visa gift cards offered as raffle prizes to the Pyramid Lake Tribal Community, the Elko Indian Colony, the Moapa Band of Paiute, the Duckwater Shoshone Tribe, and the Lovelock Paiute Tribe.

After the election, the Nevada Native Vote Project featured the “winners” of its Visa gift card raffles.

“Thank you for voting!” the photo said at the bottom, adding “Congratulations to all of the first-time voters and veteran voters,” another post announcing the Lovelock raffle winners said.

At least two locations offered gas cards for voting, which is acceptable under federal law but only if the gas cards are used for transportation to the polls. A now-deleted post from Election Day showed a picture of a ballot return envelope appearing to change hands and two men posing with gas cards.

“McDermitt and Owyhee voters dropping off their ballots and picking up their gas cards,” it read.

The Nevada Indian Commission, a state agency, even promoted this scheme. On its Facebook page, the commission shared at least six of the posts from the Nevada Native Vote offering gift cards by way of raffle or giveaway for votes.

To top this off, the Nevada Indian Commission also held its own giveaway. It offered three Native art prizes to voters.

Perhaps Nicholas Trutanich, who serves as the United States Attorney for the United States District Court for the District of Nevada should investigate this and bring charges where appropriate. But it has to happen soon-than-later because it’s doubtful a Biden administration will be interested in investigating its own election fraud.

But then again much of the evidence spoken of here was presented to District Court Judge James Russell in Carson City as the Trump campaign attempted to get the courts to look into voter fraud, but he couldn’t be bothered to take justice into consideration, only the law.

“Contestants did not prove…that illegal votes were cast and counted that should have been rejected during the signature verification process, or legal votes were not counted that should have been accepted” in numbers that would have swayed the outcome, Russell claimed.

And more recently, Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske sent out a press release stating she, “saw no wide-spread voter fraud,” which is exactly what happens when you don’t take the time to look.

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