The landscape in Nevada
Nevada has dealt with many permutations of Election Denier behavior. And it started early: After the 2020 election, Nevada was one of seven states where pro-Trump Republicans posed as presidential electors, even though Joe Biden won the state.
Since then, conspiracy theorists have driven county election officials from their jobs. One county attempted a hand count of ballots in 2022 until the courts ruled it unlawful. And Nevada has proved that Election Deniers don’t go away even when voters reject them. Jim Marchant, who lost the 2022 race for Secretary of State, is running for U.S. Senate. Sigal Chattah, who lost the Attorney General’s race, was later elected to the Republican National Committee.
But there’s good news for Nevada elections, too, and it’s bipartisan. In 2023, the Republican Governor signed a law toughening the penalty for harassing or threatening election workers. The law fulfilled a campaign promise of Nevada’s pro-democracy Secretary of State, Cisco Aguilar, who defeated an Election Denier to win the job in 2022.
None of Nevada’s members of Congress voted to sustain objections to 2020 election results.
0 Election Deniers hold statewide Office right now.
Elections are run by the states. In Nevada, the Governor, Attorney General, and Secretary of State are the state officials responsible for overseeing elections. It’s up to them to make sure the will of the people is always respected.
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How Nevada compares
Every state runs its own elections, with its own laws and processes. Check out how Nevada compares with other states in its region when it comes to Election Deniers holding state election administration jobs.
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Sitting official is an Election Denier
- In Alaska, the chief election official is the Lieutenant Governor, elected alongside the Governor.
- In Hawai'i, the Chief Election Official is appointed by the Hawai'i Elections Commission.
Voter turnout over time
Voters are always the backstop against election denial, whether Election Deniers are already in office or vying for power. It’s important to turn out for every election in your state—and to vote in every race on your ballot. Downballot races, like contests for Attorney General and Secretary of State, have historically drawn fewer voters, even though the positions are critical to keeping elections free, fair, and secure. Here’s a look at voter participation in Nevada elections over time. Notice that in years with several important positions up for election, some voters choose not to vote in every race.
Data on the number of votes cast in each race are from state elections depositories, supplemented with data from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC), House Election Statistics, and The Book of States. Rates are calculated using the Census’s Citizen Voting Age Population (CVAP) estimates. Rates will be updated when the Census releases new CVAP data for 2022.
Beyond the ballot box
Each year, state legislators introduce thousands of bills related to elections. And in the past few years, we’ve identified a concerning trend. Across the country, state legislatures are considering bills that would make it easier for partisan actors to manipulate an election, and maybe even overturn the will of the people. We’re tracking these bills along with our partners in an ongoing series of reports called “A Democracy Crisis in the Making.” In 2023 alone, through early May, we tracked 185 bills introduced in 38 state legislatures that would politicize, criminalize, or interfere with elections.
The anti-democracy playbook is simple: change the rules and change the referees, in order to change the results. These bills go hand-in-hand with the Election Denier movement: They’re about taking power away from voters and making it harder for trusted election officials to do their jobs.