Officials: Plans are in place to ensure a fraud-free vote

Published: Oct. 18, 2016 at 6:26 PM PDT
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One thing is certain. This election is drawing a lot of interest. That was evident in the lines at the Washoe County Voter Registrar's office as the deadline to register for this year's election approached.

"We typically do get a lot more activity in a presidential year," says Registrar Luanne Cutler, "but I would say this one kind of tops them all."

But many of the people are showing up on this final day were doing so after hearing predictions that the election will somehow be rigged. That the vote they are registering to cast may not be counted.

That's causing some concern and it led to an unusual press conference in Las Vegas. Although they insisted they were not directly responding to Donald Trump's allegations about the integrity of the vote nationwide,

Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske, US Attorney Daniel Bogden and FBI Special Agent in Charge Aaron Rouse assured the public that measures are in place to prevent any problems.

"Just because it's on the internet doesn't mean it's true," said Cegavske, a Republican. "We're trying to explain to everybody that every thing that's out there is not accurate and that we want to make sure that you're safe and secure with your vote in Nevada."

Rouse said the FBI will have agents ready at both ends of the state to respond to any complaints of voter fraud or voting rights violations.

"The system is secure and we're keeping a watchful eye on anyone that would try to alter that system. The bottom line is that is if someone were to try, they're going to get caught."

Nevada adopted a new voting machine system in 2004, a touch screen device with a paper printout backup. Each system is stand-alone, the votes registered on an internal cartridge. Each cartridge is bar-coded throughout the process. In the years since the system's adoption, audits have shown no problems.

In Reno, Cutler says the system is secure; the election won't be rigged.

"I can't in my wildest dreams imagine how that could happen. We go through so much of an effort to make sure our systems are secure. They're safe. They are certainly not hackable."