LAS VEGAS (WR) — Elections officers say Nevada has safeguards in place to forestall individuals from voting twice in elections, refuting an assertion from former U.S. Sen. Dean Heller that the system makes it attainable for voters to forged multiple poll.
Heller, a Republican who was Nevada’s prime elections official whereas serving as secretary of state from 1995 by way of 2006, was interviewed Wednesday on Fox Enterprise and criticized a brand new election regulation signed by Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak that requires sending ballots to the entire state’s energetic voters forward of the November election.
The regulation has been criticized by Republicans, together with President Donald Trump, whose reelection marketing campaign filed a lawsuit this week to attempt to block it.
Heller stated that amongst his issues was somebody casting a vote by mail after which displaying up on the polls to forged a poll. Heller stated he requested Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske what would occur if somebody voted twice.
“I stated, ‘That’s a felony. It has been for many years. What occurs then?’ She says ‘Nothing,’” he stated.
“We’ve got an legal professional common that gained’t prosecute it,” Heller went on. “We had a former legal professional common that was a Republican that refused to prosecute. So you possibly can vote greater than as soon as.”
Cegavske’s workplace didn’t reply to questions on her dialog with Heller, however Deputy Secretary of State for Elections Wayne Thorley stated, “Nevada has many protections in place to make sure elections are truthful and correct, together with safeguards that guarantee no voter is allowed to forged multiple poll in any given election.”
Voters who’re mailed a poll can solely vote in particular person after they bodily give up their mailed poll or signal an affirmation beneath penalty of perjury stating that they haven’t already voted, Thorley stated.
He stated Nevada additionally has an election administration system that stops a poll from being issued to a voter who has already voted or a poll from being counted if that voter already voted.
Heller informed The Related Press Wednesday night that Nevada’s election’s system is “excellent” and acknowledged it has cross references to catch somebody voting twice. However “the system will not be excellent” and “issues slip by way of the cracks,” he stated.
Heller didn’t establish any methods the system would fail to catch somebody voting twice or enable a second vote to be counted in election outcomes however stated, “even when they get caught, there nonetheless gained’t be an investigation.”
He stated he was conscious of situations up to now when names of voters had been submitted to the state legal professional common’s workplace alleging the voters tried to forged multiple poll, however the allegations had been by no means prosecuted.
Requested for extra details about the allegations, Heller stated he knew of a scenario a couple of years in the past when “a dozen names” of voters had been despatched to the legal professional common’s workplace alleging they tried to vote twice however the allegations didn’t lead to felony costs.
He stated he didn’t have extra particulars and deferred inquiries to the secretary of state’s workplace.
Neither that workplace nor the legal professional common’s workplace responded to inquiries Thursday about whether or not the places of work had obtained previous allegations of individuals trying to vote twice that didn’t lead to prosecutions.