January 11, 2017
RecountNow Releases Audio Recording of Registrar of Voters Joe Gloria Admitting to Secret Rehearsal of Recount and Withholding Results From Public
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Las Vegas, NV -- Election watchdog group RecountNow.org released its report on the presidential recount in Clark County today. The Report on the 2016 Presidential Recount in Clark County, Nevada: Criminal Investigation Warranted calls for a criminal investigation into the mishandling of the recount by the Clark County Registrar of Voters, Joe Gloria.
During a meeting with observers, Mr. Gloria admitted to opening and counting the ballots in secret, prior to the recount. An election recount is required to be a public process.
The report states, “Opening the ballot boxes in private without observation means that the chain of custody of this election was compromised. We will never know the tampering that may have taken place. Given the lack of transparency from the staged recount that our observers witnessed, we believe that this was not incompetence, but planned.”
On November 30, 2016 American Delta Party/Reform Party presidential candidate Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente filed for a partial recount in Nevada. He requested a recount in four counties (Douglas, Mineral, Nye, and Clark) and Carson City. After paying the $14,000 fee required for the effort, De La Fuente was entitled to select a sample of 5% of Nevada's precincts to be recounted.
The report documents numerous problems with the recount, including unsecured ballot boxes with their seals broken and the the inability of observers to look at ballots, read writing on ballot boxes, and view computer screens as the counting progressed. Observers were limited to an area behind a glass wall and could not hear the discussions that the election workers were having. Mr. Gloria kept tight control of all communications, which went solely through him. During a meeting on December 6th, Joe Gloria stated:
“... [W]e practiced it before you came in. The law requires that we recount the ballots exactly the way that we did to get them into the system the first time. You would never want to come into a recount without running it through."
When asked about the consistency of the results, he replied:
"You're asking what my results were when we practiced? I can't tell you that."
An audio clip of the interaction can be found here: https://youtu.be/fC6B97QRGRk
Election law in Nevada clearly states that “[a public officer] who willfully neglects his or her duty or willfully performs it in such a way as to hinder the objects and purposes of the election laws of this State . . .is guilty of a category E felony.”
Observer Michelle Gabriel said of her experience, “A recount is not a theater piece that needs to be rehearsed - it is a safeguard of our democratic election process.”
“[T]his recount, with its lack of transparency and clear violation of election law, throws into question not just this race, but also all races in this election. In fact, this lack of transparency by this administration calls into question the results of all recent elections.” says the report.
“Without real and meaningful changes in the election system and the administration,” the report continues, ”voters have no basis for confidence in the accuracy of results of the 2016 presidential election or future elections in Clark County.”
The full 18 page report with recommendations can be downloaded from RecountNow’s website http://www.recountnow.org/clark_county_report.
RecountNow is a citizens’ group of experienced forensic investigators, IT specialists, statisticians, and data analysts, dedicated to fair, secure, and transparent elections.
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