Nevada Journalist Discovers 89% Failure Rate in State's Voter Verification Effort

“If a criminal doesn’t admit he committed voter fraud, Clark County is unlikely to find out about it,” Joecks wrote.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Texas Insider Report) — “Clark County election officials accepted my signature on eight ballot return envelopes during the general election. It’s more evidence that signature verification is a flawed security measure,” wrote Las Vegas Review-Journal's columnist Victor Joecks, saying the assurances from elections officials that the process was secure were just puffery.

“County officials aren’t working proactively to determine whether unscrupulous actors abused this vulnerability in a widespread fashion,” Clark County Registrar Joe Gloria told Joecks.

Joecks (right,) conducted his own experiment to prove a voter could vote many times, noting in his Thursday piece that the issue is deeper than any single contest.

The journalist, who tested Nevada’s signature verification process for mail-in ballots, found that Nevada is wide open for fraud.
 
“Leave aside the presidential race. Even small amounts of fraud can swing results,” he wrote, pointing to a race where a State Senator won an election by 24 votes.

Joecks noted that among the “facts” listed on a state website was this gem:
 
“All mail ballots must be signed on the ballot return envelope.

"This signature is used to authenticate the voter and confirm that it was actually the voter and not another person who returned the mail ballot.”

Given the vast amount of reporting that has shown images of ballots dumped across both the City of Las Vegas and across Nevada, Joecks was intrigued.

“I wanted to test that claim by simulating what might happen if someone returned ballots that didn’t belong to him or her,” he wrote.

Joecks had nine co-conspirators.

He wrote the names for them to then copy, with instructions to try and imitate his handwriting.

To conduct the test, the nine co-conspirator citizens had to sign the ballots to ensure there was no fraud perpetrated.

Clark County Registrar, Joe Gloria (left,) told Joecks if ballots signed by someone else “came through, we would still have the signature match to rely on for identity.”
 
Queried about the confidence Gloria had in his Clark County Registrar office’s ability to pluck a fake ballot out of a sea of the documents, Gloria told Joecks,
 
“I’m confident that the process has been working throughout this process.”

“He was wrong,” Joecks wrote.

“Eight of the nine ballots went through.

"In other words, signature verification had an 89% failure rate in catching mismatched signatures.”

Joecks said the result was not surprising, given the stories that have emerged of a woman voting this year, three years after she died, and another being told her signature was valid on a ballot she said she never received.

In fact, another whistleblower has come forward to say he was ordered by Elections Officials to process ballots without checking the signatures.

Joecks then focused on the real problem: No one really makes finding fraud a full-bore effort.
 
“County officials aren’t working proactively to determine whether unscrupulous actors abused this vulnerability in a widespread fashion,” he said.

Gloria said his office finds fraud when told about it.

“If a criminal doesn’t admit he committed voter fraud, Clark County is unlikely to find out about it,” Joecks wrote.

He said the issue isn't really whether President Donald Trump was the victim of fraud in the Nov. 3rd election or not, rather, it is about whether Nevada’s elections are as secure as officials claim.

“It’s unclear how much voter fraud took place in Nevada. But it’s clear signature verification isn’t the fail-safe security check elections officials made it out to be,” he wrote.
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