In the first chapter I introduced you to Evette. She registered as living at a 3rd party personal mailbox store, voted by mail, and about 9 months after registering…the county realized that was a bad address.
So what happens? They attempt to contact the voter with forward-able mail. If the voter returns it with an out of county address the registration is canceled. If they provide a new address in the county the record is updated. No reply makes the voter goes to inactive status.
So what does that mean?
When the Election Department is notified that a voter no longer lives at the address at which he/she registered, forward-able mail is sent to the individual in an attempt to determine his/her new address. If the individual cannot be contacted, that voter is placed on “Inactive” status. The individual is still eligible to vote (if he/she still lives in Clark County), but the address on file is not correct. Note 3
So what does that do? For that we go to the laws passed in the National Voting Rights act of 1993 (Motor Voter)
(d) Removal of names from voting rolls
(1) A State shall not remove the name of a registrant from the official list of eligible voters in elections for Federal office on the ground that the registrant has changed residence unless the registrant—
(A) confirms in writing that the registrant has changed residence to a place outside the registrar’s jurisdiction in which the registrant is registered; or
(i) has failed to respond to a notice described in paragraph (2); and
(ii) has not voted or appeared to vote (and, if necessary, correct the registrar’s record of the registrant’s address) in an election during the period beginning on the date of the notice and ending on the day after the date of the second general election for Federal office that occurs after the date of the notice. Note 4
So after we believe to the best of our ability the voter doesn’t live at the address, and if they don’t vote in the next 2 federal elections we can remove them from the rolls.
The problem in a state with no voter ID like Nevada is that anybody can walk up to the polls, claim to be the voter, and vote. This resets the 2 election clock and if we can’t find the person again it starts over.
I looked at 10 records over time. All had residential addresses, 9 were listed as inactive. All 10 voted in 2018 and gave a commercial address at the time of voting. The system reverted them back to the last known residential address and attempts were made to contact the voters. 8 of the 10 were inactive by 12/31/18 and all 10 were inactive by mid March 2019. We just don’t seem to know where they live. One of the voters has been giving an invalid address since 2012.
Over 16,000 inactive voters voted in 2018 and when I looked into the summer of 2019, over 2,200 had gone back to inactive status. We literally don’t know where thousands of voters live.
I’ve identified over 1,400 voters that listed residential addresses and a second residential address as a mailing address. These may well be mistakes from people who have moved, but it calls into question…are they voting in the correct district?
I identified 7,166 people using 3rd party mail services for their mailing address. Almost half have an incomplete address (no box number) of those 2,043 voted in 2018. Are the people registered getting the sample ballots? Do they live at the residential address or have they moved? Did they vote or were their registrations hijacked? No voter ID, no way to know who actually cast the ballots, no way to know where they live.
There are over 10,000 voters that use USPS P.O. boxes which are supposed to have residential addresses tied to them…but alas, people move and no one’s checking.
Nevada’s entire election system is run purely on an honor system, and one that I’m afraid has broken down.
A national 50 state database of voters that can be used to verify people aren’t voting in multiple states.
We need to stop sending election materials to addresses other than the one shown without a signed, sworn, witnessed affidavit as to reason why.
No more verbal affidavits for inactive voters.
Note 3 Clark County Election Dept. https://www.clarkcountynv.gov/election/Pages/VoterDataFiles.aspx
Note 4 Cornell Law School LII https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/52/20507
There is currently one candidate running for Congress whose platforms prioritizes a need voter ID. Mindy Robinson, a popular conservative political commentator in district 3 Nevada.