During the 2022 general election, the Clark County Election Department received more than 15,000 mail ballots on Election Day, more than 27,000 the day after, more than 36,000 two days after and nearly 2,000 across the final two days for mail ballots to be received, according to the audit report.
The report found Nevada had the second-largest increase among all states in registrations at motor vehicle offices between 2020 and 2022, with DMV registrations making up 71.1 percent of total new registrations in 2022.
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Nevada’s elected Democrats, state strategists and pro-abortion advocates say the Dobbs decision unleashed an enormous wave of political anger and activism, powering Democrats to victory in 2022 and becoming a pillar of the party’s 2024 playbook — even as access to abortion remained protected in Nevada law.
Cortez Masto won by less than 1 percent in a state where the price of gas spiked to $5.67 per gallon. In pre-election polling, Nevada voters picked “jobs and the economy” as their top issue, dwarfing the next closest issue by a factor of more than 3-to-1.
Lombardo received significant contributions from donors previously supportive of Sisolak, including 27 maximum contributions totaling $270,000 from companies owned and operated by MGM Resorts International.
Ebert, a private sector benefits analyst, took the lead in the vote total over the weekend after following closely behind Weber several days after Election Day, as additional mail ballots were tabulated and processed.
Cortez Masto spoke with The Nevada Independent in a phone interview Monday to discuss the election, how she plans to work with Republicans back in Nevada and on Capitol Hill, and her legislative priorities for a second term.
Despite wide Republican margins in Nevada’s 15 rural counties, Laxalt — a former attorney general and one-time candidate for governor — was defeated amid numerically larger support for Cortez Masto from the state’s two largest urban counties, Clark and Washoe.
But last year’s redistricting process, which saw Democratic state legislators redraw district lines to pull thousands of Democratic voters from deep-blue District 1 into neighboring Districts 3 and 4, appears to have paid off for the incumbents.
Mail ballots submitted to county election officials that have signatures that do not match those on file require “cures,” a process by which county election workers verify the identity of the voter in question before having their ballot counted.
In Clark County, the number of uncounted mail ballots, which include those dropped off in ballot boxes on Election Day, is likely in the tens of thousands, adding to the roughly 27,000 ballots Registrar Joe Gloria said the county was processing Wednesday.
Most of Nevada’s top races remain too early to call with tens of thousands of ballots left to count, but initial results in the state’s 2022 midterm elections slightly favor incumbent Democrats Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto and Gov. Steve Sisolak.