Secretary of State's office looks into voter fraud in Nevada

LAS VEGAS - An investigation into possible voter fraud is being investigated in Nevada. The investigation began three months ago when the Secretary of State's office obtained a list of more than 100 people statewide who may have illegally registered to vote at the DMV.

The Politics Now team exclusively sat down with Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske to discuss the investigation.
 
Overall, Secretary of State Cegavske says the 2016 election's integrity never wavered.

"I feel very confident of our 17 counties," Cegavske said.  "The clerks and voter registrars have done an excellent job of securing that."

However, Cegavske says her office became aware of a potential problem.  It turns out, under the current "motor-voter" law, voter registration applications are automatically included in the paperwork that's filled out to get a drivers' license or driver authorization card at the department of motor vehicles.

Nevada's Secretary of State's Office says they found just over 100 people registered to vote, but they weren't U.S. citizens.
   
Investigators so far have reviewed 21 of those applications.

"There were three out of the 21 that actually voted, and they were not supposed to vote; they were not eligible to vote," Cegavske said.

The three accused could face felony charges.  Cegavske could not comment on where those votes were cast or why they were able to vote, citing the ongoing investigation.
 
Politics NOW contacted the DMV to see how the process works.

DMV Spokesman Kevin Malone says the DMV is only required to issue the voter registration forms, along with print the name and address information.

"But that's all we really do," said Kevin Malone, Nevada DMV.  "We help them fill it out, and then we forward it to the county registrar who's actually in charge of determining whether you're eligible to vote and register."

Malone says the agency does not ask, nor does it keep track of citizenship status.  On the voter registration form, there is a question that asks the applicant to check ‘yes’ or ‘no’ as to whether or not they are a U.S. citizen. Regardless of how the applicant answers, the DMV forwards the application to the county registrar.
  
Cegavske says she will release more information when the investigation is complete.

Separately... Two other people were charged with fraud related to gathering signatures for initiative petitions.

One person has been convicted, while the other is awaiting trial.


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