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Washoe County registrar of voters resigns following leave due to threats

Deanna Spikula
Washoe County Board of Commissioners
Deanna Spikula

Washoe County's registrar of voters has resigned. Her resignation comes just a few months after she took a leave of absence due to threats against her office.

Deanna Spikula has worked for the registrar's office for the last 15 years and was named the top elections official in the county in 2017.

However, she became the target of election deniers who claimed without evidence that she allowed fraud to affect the outcome of the 2020 presidential election.

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Her last public appearance was March 8, the RGJ reported.

Spikula will continue serving as a Washoe County employee until the end of July, but will likely not return to work.

In a written statement, a county spokesperson thanked Spikula for her dedication to Washoe County and its residents and wished her the best moving forward.

County officials said they plan to name Spikula's replacement upon completing a "recruitment process."

They would not comment as to whether they will appoint a permanent replacement in time for this fall's general election.

Paul serves as KNPR's producer and reporter in Northern Nevada. Based in Reno, Paul specializes in covering state government and the legislature.