Nevada General Election results completed

Published: Nov. 3, 2020 at 7:00 AM PST|Updated: Nov. 24, 2020 at 11:33 AM PST
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UPDATE NOV. 24: Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske has announced that the 2020 General Election results have been completed. The announcement follows the official Canvass of Votes by the Nevada Supreme Court.

The Governor’s Office will now prepare the Certificates of Election in advance of the meeting of the Presidential Electors on December 14th.

All counties in Nevada, show 100 percent total precincts reporting.


On Monday, November 16, 2020, the Washoe County Board of County Commissioners voted to accept the Canvass of the Vote from the November 3, 2020 General Election.

The only Commissioner to vote against accepting the canvass was Jeanne Herman.

Washoe County Registrar of Voters Deanna Spikula presented the Canvass of the Vote at a special meeting of the Board of County Commissioners on Monday.

The presentation and approval of the canvass is the final step in the county’s election process. The official results will be sent to the Nevada Secretary of State to be certified with other county results in Nevada.

Washoe County reported record-breaking voter turnout during the 2020 General Election and the largest volume of mail-in ballots in an election to date. Voter turnout topped 83.02 percent, and the majority of votes, 52.35 percent, were cast by mail.

“We knew this would be an election for the record books, and we were well prepared,” Spikula said. “We recruited more poll workers than needed, we utilized a new state-of-the-art ballot sorting machine, and we managed to keep on top of the influx of ballots so that when Election Day arrived, we were ready.”

Final voting numbers for Washoe County show Joe Biden leading President Donald Trump by 11,368 votes.

Here is the vote breakdown:

Joe Biden - 128,128

Donald Trump - 116,760

Updated results for Reno City Council Ward 1 show incumbent Jenny Brekhus maintaining her lead over John Drakulich by 82 votes.

As for the race for School Board Trustee District A, Jeff Church leads Scott Kelley 59.53 percent to 40.47 percent, a difference of 9,484 votes. Kelley held the seat before he was forced to resign in August 2020.

KOLO 8 News Now received numerous messages from voters that there is no indication on the Nevada Secretary of State’s Office website that their ballot had been cast or even counted. Spikula said it depends on how people voted as to when it will appear on the website, and said if someone dropped off their ballot on election day, there is a 24-hour lag time. She recommends voters check the status of their ballot on the Washoe County website, and said information from their office is then forwarded to the Secretary of State.

The final number of in-person voter turnout for Washoe County from Election Day was released and is as follows:

  • 21,512 overall in-person Election Day voter turnout
  • 5,197 Democratic
  • 7,454 Nonpartisan
  • 8,861 Republican

For other local race results, click here.


On Monday, November 16, 2020, the County Commission in Clark County held a special meeting to certify election results.

Registrar of Voters Joe Gloria said there were 936 discrepancies identified out of the 900,000 ballots cast. Six voters also voted twice, Gloria said.

The commission ultimately voted to certify the results, except in the Commission District C race. Commissioners instead discussed a revote in that race.


New results released Monday, November 16, 2020, show Joe Biden maintaining his lead over President Donald Trump in Nevada. Here is the vote breakdown for the state:

Joe Biden: 703,486

Donald Trump: 669,890

*These numbers are continually updating on the Nevada Secretary of State’s website

The Associated Press projected Joe Biden the winner of Nevada on Saturday, November 7, 2020.

Under Nevada law, mail ballots postmarked on or before Election Day and received no later than 5:00 pm on November 10 will be counted. This means there is an unknown number of ballots currently in the U.S. Postal Service mail stream that contain a postmark dated November 3 or earlier that will ultimately be counted if they arrive by 5:00 pm on November 10.

Under state law, all ballots must be counted by the end of the day on November 12. This means complete unofficial election results will not be available until the morning of November 13. Election results do not become official until after certification. Certification must occur on or before November 16.

On November 9, the Nevada Secretary of State’s Office issued the following statement about allegations of voter fraud:

The Secretary of State’s office, in conjunction with members of the Election Integrity Task Force, continues to investigate all creditable allegations of fraud related to the 2020 general election. The Secretary of State has a sworn duty to ensure all election laws, both federal and state, are enforced. When someone is found to have violated any of these laws, they will be referred to the appropriate agency for prosecution.

It is difficult for the Secretary of State’s office to quantify how many voter fraud investigations are ongoing or how many voter fraud complaints have been received. There are three reasons for this.

  • The term voter fraud is extremely broad and potentially includes illegal activities beyond what the public normally thinks about when referring to voter fraud. Absent a standard, universally recognized definition of voter fraud, it is difficult for the Secretary of State’s office to release a number that doesn’t run the risk of being misinterpreted.
  • A single complaint or single investigation may include multiple allegations of fraud or multiple suspects. A focus simply on the number of complaints received or active investigations runs the risk of masking the true scope of a complaint or investigation.
  • Many voter fraud complaints lack any evidence and are more complaints about process or policy. Including these complaints in the number of voter fraud complaints runs the risk of overstating the prevalence of creditable voter fraud complaints.

While election officials rely on the public to report potential illegal conduct related to an election, election officials are also currently going through statutorily required post-election processes, including vote count reconciliation and audits of the voting system components. Through these post-election processes, instances of actual or attempted fraud may come to light. If so, these instances will be thoroughly investigated.


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Full statewide election results can be found here: or here.

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