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Washoe County Commissioner pushes for "purity of elections," and plans to resubmit controversial polling security measures

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AP Photo/John Locher

A Clark County election worker scans mail-in ballots at a tabulating area at the Clark County Election Department in Las Vegas in November of 2020

More than 250-thousand people in Washoe County voted in the 2020 general election, marking it the highest rate of voter turnout in the county’s history. But the results of that election have been marred by repeated, unfounded claims of fraud. 

A Republican county commissioner there wants new policies that would, among other things, post national guard troops at every polling place. 

Republican County Commissioner Jeanne Herman has brought forward a resolution meant to create policies that – quote – “preserves the purity of elections.”  

Among other things, it calls on the county to move solely to “stealth paper ballots,” and to send mail-in ballots via certified mail. The resolution also looks to post national guard members at every polling place and ballot box in the county.  

The resolution is off the table for now due to a technicality. But it’s very likely some version of this measure will come back soon. 

Paul Boger, Legislative Reporter, KNPR; Christina Ladam, Professor of Political Science, UNR; Emily Persaud-Zamora, Executive Director, Silver State Voices

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