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Former GOP Leaders Join ‘Right Count’ To Restore Security and Integrity in Nevada Elections

Bob List and Heidi Gansert are State Co-Chairs of Right Count, a Republican-led non profit initially launched in battleground states

By Megan Barth, June 19, 2024 12:46 pm

Former Nevada Republican Governor and Attorney General Bob List and former Republican State Senator Heidi Gansert are State Co-Chairs of a newly-founded, Republican-led entity “RightCount,” a nonprofit founded to restore security and integrity in elections. The nonprofit has initially launched in the battleground states of Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, and Wisconsin.

The announcement comes on the heels of the June 11 primary which has yet to be certified by the Secretary of State’s office.

“The integrity of our electoral process is the bedrock of our nation’s strength. However, recent years have witnessed a concerning decline in trust in our elections,” List said. “As a former Governor of this magnificent state, I’m proud to partner with RightCount and local Nevadan leaders, particularly my fellow Republicans, as we work to restore trust and confidence in our state’s electoral system.”

“Nevadans must resist the divisive rhetoric that threatens to undermine our civic institutions,” said Gansert. “We must stand together in defense of the integrity of our elections. That’s why I am honored to align with RightCount, an initiative devoted to restoring faith in our elections.”

In an opinion editorial, Gansert and List note:

“Complaining about the rules every time we come up short is not a recipe for advancing a conservative agenda. Nevada’s former secretary of state, a fellow Republican, said there was no “evidentiary support” that widespread voter fraud occurred in the state’s 2020 election. Additionally, two prominent Nevada lawmakers, Sen. Jeff Stone and Assemblyman Ken Gray, recently reversed themselves and now say that there was no evidence that massive voter fraud occurred in the 2020 election.

Of course, every eligible voter should have the confidence that their voice will be heard, and their vote will be counted. This requires not only robust safeguards to protect against fraud but also transparency and accountability at every stage of the electoral process. Any indication of irregularities must continue to be thoroughly investigated and resolved to ensure the integrity of our elections.”

Four key reforms to Nevada’s election system have been proposed by RightCount, which include: a requirement that paper ballots to be stored in a locked facility; election officials to check for duplicate voter registrations; independent testing of every voting machine; and, that voting machines are not connected to the internet.

Right Count may want to consider additional reforms to their Nevada platform as Drew Johnson, Republican candidate for Congressional District 3, found a questionable registration in his district. The voter, “Blessing Sai Atakari” has a New York area code and is registered to vote at the strip club.

According to the ACLU, a voter “experiencing houselessness” can register anywhere they “reside” which can include a vacant lot, a street corner, a shelter, or any place that will accept mail on the voter’s behalf. The ACLU also notes that an address is not required to register to vote.

During the pandemic, Democrats used the “emergency” as an opportunity to transform Nevada’s election laws by codifying unlimited, unverified ballot harvesting, extended deadlines of ballot acceptance and verification, and universal mail-in balloting to active registered voters.

Throughout the last legislative session, the Democratic majority shelved all election integrity proposals submitted by Governor Lombardo and Republican lawmakers, referring to their legislative efforts, which included Voter ID, as “deadly and extreme.”

 

 

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