The Trump campaign may have lost its Nevada court case, but questions about Nevada’s election system remain unanswered.
The Trump campaign “never once presented sufficient evidence of widespread fraud,” Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford tweeted. “Yes, they spouted nonsense in the media. But they never backed it up in court.”
Ford and other government officials need to find out what happened, not jump to conclusions based on a preferred political outcome. This, after all, this no longer about Trump, but the integrity of Nevada’s election system.
However, Nevada’s Department of Motor Vehicles did produced a list of “non-U.S. citizens who obtained identifications,” according to a Trump campaign filing. The campaign then cross-referenced that list with the voter rolls and identified 3,987 non-U.S. citizens who voted.
Nevada has automatic voter registration, which can register non-citizens who receive driver’s licenses. In 2018, the California DMV announced that it improperly registered around 1,500 non-citizens to vote.
The court didn’t accept this list because of a timing issue.
The evidence of double, dead and out-of-state voters also deserves similar consideration. One such piece of evidence and again failed to make the cut is the Supplemental to Declaration of Jesse Kamzol, dated Dec. 2, 2020:
- 6,360 positive matches were made from within the DMV to the Voter File.
- 6,136 (96.5%) of those matched voter registration records have voter registration records that are ‘Active.’
- 3,987 (62.7 %) of those matched voter registration records voted/cast ballots that appear to have been counted, meaning, they are not shown as being provisional or rejected mail ballots per data collected from the Secretary of State (SoS) Barbara Cegavske and/or County Elections Divisions.
- 4,546 (71.5%) of those matched voter registration records have appeared to have attempted to vote, including provisional votes and rejected mail ballots per data collected from the SoS and/or County Elections Divisions.
Read Kamzol’s entire declaration at Supplement-to-Declaration-of-Jesse-Kamzol.pdf (nevadagop.org)
The campaign also based the claim on database comparisons. Its expert said his analysis had a less than five percent margin of error.
And while District Court Judge James T. Russell refused the DMV list, he did rely on Michael Herron, an elections expert for the state. Herron looked at Nevada election statistics from the 2012 election through the 2020 primary and concluded, “the illegal vote rate totaled at most only 0.00054 percent,” according to the ruling.
To reach that number, he examined reported cases of election fraud, then examined voter fraud literature from across the U.S. and concluded the Trump campaign’s allegations were highly unlikely.
The battle over vote counts did not end with the Trump campaign’s court loss.
Clark County, Nevada Registrar Joe Gloria found another 15 votes for Ross Miller, a Democrat, in the race for Clark County Commissioner District C. Those votes were all in favor of Miller, while his opponent, Republican Stavros Anthony received nothing.
On Friday, Dec. 11, officials with the Clark County Election Department said Miller had defeated Anthony by a total of 30 votes, up from the previous margin of 10 votes. But an email in court documents filed the same day shows the difference was actually 15 votes.
“We have finished our review of the recount and were able to identify the issue we shared with you on Friday,” the email to the campaigns from Clark County Registrar Joe Gloria said. “They were in fact duplicate batches of ballots that were read into the system. With assistance from our vendor we were able to identify the batches and have them removed.”
Stavros Anthony’s said in a statement “District C election is a disaster. I’m up by 2700 Election Day. Weeks later down 10 with 139 discrepancies. Election director cannot determine a winner. Clark County Commission orders a special election. Political pressure forces certification. Now 74 new ballots in a recount.”
Gloria eventually admitted to the Clark County Commission in November that with ‘139 discrepancies’ he couldn’t declare a winner. The Commission had been debating where or not to order a run-off when the ballots found.
As for the Clark County Election Department, where them majority of the alleged fraud took place, it doesn’t have anyone to investigate fraud. Instead, it refers all concerns to the secretary of state’s office, which has one part-time investigator for these issues.
At this time, the recount vote totals for Clark County Commissioner District C are Ross Miller, 76,592 and Stavros Anthony with 76,577. The Commission has certified the election win of Miller, despite the lingering questions of integrity.
In the end, it’s the citizens of Nevada who lose when election fraud is noted but ignored.