Will Your Ballot Count?

By: Auburn Hutton Email
By: Auburn Hutton Email

With just a week until we know who our next President will be, voters are scrambling to the polls to cast their votes...but will their ballots count?

Some say they worry about voter fraud and dishonest people who might try to cheat the system in order to change the outcome of the election.

It's one of those issues that comes up nearly every election...and this time around, some would say it's even worse because there's such a great interest in the presidential race. But according to Secretary of State Ross Miller, there's really very little to worry about.

Miller spoke with early voters standing in line at Scolari's on Wednesday, people with concerns about what happens to their vote after they cast their ballot.

"Yeah, especially because it's changed over to electronic," said early voter Christy Steele.

"You just go for it and hope everyone will continue to be honest and ethical," said first-time voter, Jamie Hamacek.

But Miller says despite past elections and accusations made about voter fraud, a probe conducted by his office found only 13 suspicious votes out of the past three elections, and none them were intentional.

"We found a few violations, but we weren't able to substantiate any claims of illegalities taking place. That's not to say there won't be any incidents in this election, but we're ready for them."

Miller says an "Election Integrity Task Force" has been formed to deal with any problems that arise on election day. The force is made up of FBI agents, attorney generals, and criminal investigators...people who take voter fraud very seriously...and who Miller says he hopes will help restore integrity in the process.

"I can say with almost 100 percent certainty that on November 5th, we'll be able to say we ran a fair and honest election," said Miller.

Voters who cast their ballots early say they've done their part...now they'll have to trust the system with the rest.

"I notice the observers and they've taken other measures to make sure everything is on the legit," said Reno resident Ben Hoffman.

"I think everyone has to think their vote counts, otherwise, why should anybody vote?" said voter Lee Keith of Reno.

Secretary Miller says while he was campaigning two years ago, he consistently heard complaints from voters about fraud, but when he checked into it, very little was discovered.

Obviously, when people are passionate about a candidate or a cause, they want their vote to count. Miller says they can be confident that it will.

Polls throughout the state will be open from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, November 4th. Under state law, if you are in line at 7:00pm, you will be allowed to vote.


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