Nye County, Nevada is considering counting all ballots by hand for this year’s primary and general elections.
In a 5-0 vote the county’s commissioners asked the county clerk to consider hand-counted paper ballots in the upcoming elections.
According to the Hill, they want hand-counted paper ballots to be the only way to vote in both the upcoming primary and general elections. The county’s primary will happen in June. In the 2020 election, ten people voted twice and 10 dead individuals were recorded to have voted in Nevada.
The proposal was meant “to ensure accuracy and transparency of the democratic voting process.” Nye County Clerk Sandra Merlino said that all polling locations must have one electronic voting machine in order to be in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
She also warned that they do not have the capacity to implement this change in voting technique so close to the primary election in June. Merlino specifically said that she will maintain at least one machine in voting locations as she does “not have the means to provide ADA compliant voting” in any other way.
In the 2020 presidential election, about 40% of voters in Nye County cast mail-in ballots. Former President Donald Trump beat Joe Biden by roughly 10,000 votes.
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