Public Outcry to Change Voting Tech in Nevada, US

Republican Party in Elko, a county in Nevada state of the US, has passed a resolution to investigate alternatives to the Dominion voting machines currently in use and cancel the contract with Dominion if necessary. The resolution was read out at the county commission meeting last week by Lee Hoffman, chairman of the Elko County. 

Whereas there is evidence of vote count tampering in places where Dominion voting machines have been used, especially in metropolitan areas in swing states, the Elko County Republican Party ... strongly urges the Elko County Board of Commissioners and the Elko County Clerk to investigate alternatives to the Dominion voting machines currently in use in Elko County and to cancel the contract with Dominion if necessary ...

(The Elko County Republican Party) recognizes that implementation of alternatives would have associated costs but asserts that election integrity is worth finding the necessary funding ...

reads the resolution!

Elko County Clerk Kris Jakeman said that she is happy with the Dominion Voting Systems machines the county has been using, but she will investigate possible alternatives in response to a request from the Elko County commissioners.

Hoffman said, looking into changing voting machines is part of an overall effort to rebuild more confidence in the election process in the country.

"Public trust in the results of elections is as important as the results themselves," Hoffman said. "There is a great deal of public mistrust across this country in Dominion machines."

The Nevada Secretary of State's office says only two mechanical voting systems are currently approved for use in Nevada — Dominion Voting Systems and Election Systems and Software (ES&S). All the counties in Nevada currently use Dominion systems, and Carson City uses ES&S.

Elko County paid more than $300,000 in 2017 for the Dominion equipment the county is currently using. The county has a contract with Dominion through 2025. The county pays yearly licensing fees for Dominion's firmware and software, and also pays fees for election setup.

The Dominion machines are not connected to the Internet. The electronic poll books are connected. The County also have a paper backup of every vote, on a verifiable paper audit trail. Paper ballots are maintained for 22 months. 

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