10,799 votes left uncounted during Nevada primary election

Now that all mail vote during the 2020 primary election has yielded results, it turns out that 10,799 votes were left uncounted.

When signatures on voters’ ballots do not match their signature on record, it requires them to cure their signature, either by signing an unsigned ballot or fixing a mistake with the original signature. There were 12,366 ballots that needed curing and only 5,617 of those were successfully cured. 

Clark County was not able to provide numbers on the remaining uncounted ballots, but Joe Gloria, registrar of voters in Clark County, was able to provide some statistics during the Clark County Board of Commissioners meeting on Friday.

“Of the 305,008 ballots cast in 1,147 precincts, we identified 168 voters who returned two ballots in one envelope and 209 voters who returned an envelope without a ballot enclosed,” Gloria reported.  “Of the 1,049 ballots provisional ballots cast in the election, 973 were accepted and 76 were rejected. Of those that were rejected, one had already voted in the election, seven voted within the wrong district or precinct, 32 were not registered to vote, and 36 did not provide adequate proof of residence or identification.”

Washoe County was able to provide numbers on their primary election. They had a total of 2,431 ballots that could not be counted. 1,1331 of them were due to uncured signatures, 1,053 were sent after Election day, 32 did not have a ballot in the envelope, 13 did not have an acceptable ID, and 2 included more than one ballot in the envelope. 

The 2020 primary election revealed that a little under 27 percent of registered voters cast their ballot, which is one of the highest turnouts Nevada has seen. 

“We plan on having a huge turn out for the general election,” Joe Gloria stated.

Although it was an all mail vote, there were still 7,800 people who chose to vote in person. They suffered long lines in order to cast their vote, which Gloria states is “unacceptable.”

“We will be making changes for the general election so those voters can wait a reasonable amount of time to cast their ballots.,” Gloria continued. “We thank voters for their patience.”