13-page report by Nevada’s Republican secretary of state shows 'no evidentiary support' of voter fraud in 2020 election

13-page report by Nevada’s Republican secretary of state shows 'no evidentiary support' of voter fraud in 2020 election

Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske, a conservative Republican, has been censured by Trumpian wingnuts in the Nevada GOP for maintaining that there is no evidence that widespread voter fraud occurred in her state during the 2020 presidential election. But despite being censured, Cegavske stuck to her guns — and in a 13-page report released on Wednesday, April 21, she reiterated that President Joe Biden won Nevada fair and square in 2020.

In the report, Cegavske and Mark A. Wlaschin, Nevada's deputy secretary for elections, explain, "While the NVGOP raises policy concerns about the integrity of mail-in voting, automatic voter registration, and same-day voter registration, these concerns do not amount to evidentiary support for the contention that the 2020 general election was plagued by widespread voter fraud."

Riley Snyder, a reporter for the Nevada Independent, explains, "The report goes into detail addressing and debunking allegations of thousands of noncitizens or deceased persons voting in the 2020 election, while taking care to note when the office had referred the small number of potential cases of fraud to law enforcement. For non-citizens, the Nevada Republican Party complaint identified 3987 persons who may have not been citizens who were recorded as casting a ballot in the 2020 election. The secretary of state's office retraced those steps by requesting personal information of individuals who presented an immigration document while obtaining a driver's license from the DMV over the last five years — the same basis of the state Republican Party's complaint."

In an official statement, Cegavske said, "It was essential that we took the time to fully evaluate each complaint and to make a determination based on the merits of each report."

Biden enjoyed a decisive victory in the 2020 presidential election, defeating former President Donald Trump by more than 7 million votes nationwide. But Trump and his team of lawyers, including former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, repeatedly made the baseless and totally debunked claim that Trump was the victim of widespread voter fraud. And Nevada was one of the states that Trump, a sore loser, claimed to have won even though the evidence clearly showed a Biden victory. The preference for Biden over Trump among Nevada voters was especially strong in Clark County, which includes Las Vegas.

Before becoming Nevada's secretary of state — a position she has held since January 2015 — Cegavske served in the Nevada State Legislature during the late 1990s, 2000s and early 2010s.

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