Officials reassure voters of protection against voter fraud

By Karen Castro |

Published 10/21 2016 10:24PM

Updated 10/21 2016 10:24PM

Nevadans don't have to wait until Nov. 8 to cast their ballot because two weeks of early voting begins Saturday.

However, concerns over a "rigged election" have raised questions about our local voting system.  But Clark County officials say they're monitoring the risk of electoral fraud as they do every election period.

The county says, so far, it hasn't seen any red flags, and said voters shouldn't be worried.

"Being old school, I prefer the card deal, you know, because I'm really not an electronic person," said Charles Moore, a voter.

Moore says he misses the old days when technology didn't play a big role during an election cycle.

Roy Rikard prepares the old way of voting as well.

"It would probably help if they went back to paper ballots because computers you can rig, you can hack," Rikard said.

"We've heard plenty of that type of concern," said Joe Gloria, Clark County Registrars of Voters.

Gloria says to prevent any fraud during an election period Clark County has put a number of security measures in place.

"The machines are stand alone," Gloria said.  Each individual machine has no connection to the internet.  Our tabulation is also stand alone, and there are several levels of inscription involved with what we do.

Clark County began using touch-screen machines in 2004.  Cartridges inside of the machines keep a record of all the votes.  They also provide a paper copy used as a backup.

"In a daily basis, that cartridge come back to this site and are stored in a vault behind a locked door and every night they're stored away securely," Gloria said.
Clark County also has an IT group in charge of keeping voter registration information safe.

"We had several meetings with the central county IT, and the systems we have in place keep our data very secured," Gloria said.  "We're not concern about that."

During the period of early voting, 400 workers will be helping out at all 28 locations.
"They also serve as a level of security," Gloria said.

While some voters remain skeptical, it is not preventing them from exercising their constitutional right.

"I'm still going to vote because I've earned the right to vote," Rikard said.

"I like the early voting to beat the crowds," Moore said.

Sixty-five percent of Nevada ballots cast in the 2012 general election came from in-person early voting, which lets voters choose from numerous polling places rather than just one site in their neighborhood

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