Clark County election officials accepted my signature on eight return ballot envelopes during the general election. This is further proof that signature verification is an imperfect security measure.
For months, election officials have told Nevadans not to worry about ballots piling up in apartment trash cans or sent to the wrong addresses.
“Rejected mail-in ballots cannot simply be picked up and voted on by just anyone,” a backgrounder from the secretary of state’s office said.
“All mailed ballots must be signed on the return ballot envelope. This signature is used to authenticate the voter and confirm that it is indeed the voter and not another person who returned the ballot by mail. “
I wanted to test this claim by simulating what might happen if someone returned ballots that didn’t belong to them. Many people have had this opportunity. Billy Geurin, a 10-year-old Las Vegas resident, found five loose ballots in his apartment’s mail room. A reader emailed me a photo of a pile of mail on the side of the road, which included loose ballots. There is many photos of similar examples on social networks.
Nine people participated in this test. I wrote their names in cursive using my normal handwriting. They then copied my version of their name onto their voting envelope. This two-step process was necessary to ensure that no laws were broken.
On Monday, I asked Clark County Registrar Joe Gloria about this scenario. If the ballots signed by someone else “arrived, we would still have the signature correspondence to rely on for identity,” he said. When asked if he was convinced that the guarantee would identify these bulletins, he said: “I have no doubts that the process worked throughout this process.”
He was wrong. Eight of the nine ballots were adopted. In other words, signature verification had an 89% failure rate to detect mismatched signatures.
This could explain how a ballot “signed” by Rosemarie Hartle, who died in 2017, did this through signature verification, as reported by 8 News Now. This could explain how longtime Las Vegas resident Jill Stokke learned that the signature on her ballot matched, even though she said she never received it.
County officials are not working proactively to determine whether unscrupulous actors have abused this vulnerability in a widespread fashion. Gloria’s office does not have an “investigation team.” He said his office catches fraudulent votes “when reported to us”. So if a criminal does not admit that he committed voter fraud, Clark County is unlikely to find out. Willful ignorance is not an electoral security strategy.
Leave aside the presidential race. Less than 200 votes separate the main candidates of District 5 of the Senate. In 2018, Senator Keith Pickard won his race by 24 votes. Even small amounts of fraud can change the results.
It is not known how many electoral frauds took place in Nevada. But it’s clear that signature verification is not the fail-safe security check that election officials claimed to be.
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