Journalist Exposes Mail-In Vote Disaster as Clark County Accepts His Signature on 6 Envelopes

For the second straight congressional election, a journalist has revealed that there is a potential loophole that could be exploited in the way a Nevada county handles mail-in ballots.

In 2020, columnist Victor Joecks of the Las Vegas Review-Journal tested Clark County, Nevada’s signature verification process for absentee ballots and found that it accepted eight ballots where the handwriting on the envelope containing the ballot and the ballot itself were different .

“11 people sent me a picture of their election envelope. I then wrote her name in my handwriting. Each voter then copies my version of their signature onto their voting return envelope.

“They sent me a picture to make sure it wasn’t their normal handwriting. This simulated someone else signing a ballot,” he wrote. “It’s also legal because every voter signed their own ballot.”

In a perfect system, all 11 would have been set aside, he said. Instead, only five failed.


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“These sample sizes are too small to say definitively that things have improved. Let’s hope they have. But either way, one thing is clear: Signature verification is not the fail-safe security measure that election officials claim it is,” he wrote.

“That’s not surprising. Signatures are not a unique identifier. They transform over time. They change depending on how fast you write or what you write on. Nevada law also makes it difficult to refuse a signature. The rejected signature must have “multiple, significant and obvious” differences. Two officials must decide that it is not a match. This latitude allows mismatched signatures to get through,” he wrote.

“It’s fixable. To validate absentee ballots, Georgia requires a unique identifier, like the last four digits of a driver’s license number,” he wrote.

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Joecks noted that he does not support allegations of flawed electoral security made by anyone else.

“This proves that mail-in voting in Nevada is vulnerable to fraud. Even small frauds can change races,” he wrote.

Nevada has a close race called for Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, who was declared the winner in her contest with Republican Adam Laxalt.

According to Associated Press figures published by the New York Times, Cortez Masto had 48.77 percent of the vote, a 6,568 vote lead over Laxalt, who had 48.11 percent of the vote.

Joecks noted that the root of the problem is that bulk mailing can make ballots vulnerable to fraud.

Nevada voters had until Monday to resolve absentee ballot issues, a process known as healing.

Clark County Voter Registry Joe Gloria said there were 14,651 unhardened ballots in his county as of Saturday, of which 7,139 remained unsolved as of Saturday, according to The Washington Post. Journalist Exposes Mail-In Vote Disaster as Clark County Accepts His Signature on 6 Envelopes

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