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Nevada SOS apologizes for 'technical error' in online voter histories

Democrat Cisco Aguilar is seen on Election Day.
John Locher, AP
Democrat Cisco Aguilar is seen on Election Day.

The state’s top elections official, Nevada Secretary of State Cisco Aguilar, apologized Thursday after a “technical error” led to discrepancies in Nevadans’ voting history on the secretary of state’s website.

Many voters voiced confusion after seeing that a mail ballot was cast on their behalf during this month's presidential preference primary, despite not participating in the election.

In a statement, Aguilar said, “No voter should ever look at the Secretary of State’s website and see inaccurate information.”

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He also reiterated that the error did not affect the results of any election and that there is no evidence of widespread voter fraud.

According to an internal memo, a coding error occurred when data from individual counties was finalized and sent to the state last week.

Aguilar’s office says the issue should not happen again when the state transitions to its new top-down Voter Registration and Elections Management System later this year.

That should be in place ahead of the state’s primary elections in June.

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