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Nevada County That Trump Won By Large Margin in 2020 to Replace Dominion Voting Machines

Newsweek 12/17/2021 Ayumi Davis
Outgoing County Clerk Sadie Sullivan, who runs local elections, told the commissioners in October that ES&S was reliable, resulting in the commissioners making the decision to go with the company. In this photo, a Clark County election worker checks a voting machine among others that are boxed up at the Clark County Election Department on Nov. 6, 2020, in North Las Vegas, Nevada. © Ethan Miller/Getty Images Outgoing County Clerk Sadie Sullivan, who runs local elections, told the commissioners in October that ES&S was reliable, resulting in the commissioners making the decision to go with the company. In this photo, a Clark County election worker checks a voting machine among others that are boxed up at the Clark County Election Department on Nov. 6, 2020, in North Las Vegas, Nevada.

Nevada's Lander County, which former President Donald Trump won by a large margin in the 2020 election, will replace its voting machine produced by Dominion Voting Systems.

Commissioners in Lander County, with a population of 5,734, approved $224,000 to purchase new ES&S voting machines and $69,000 for maintenance, installation, and training. ES&S equipment is federally certified and used across the nation.

Outgoing County Clerk Sadie Sullivan, who runs local elections, told the commissioners in October that ES&S was reliable, resulting in the commissioners deciding to go with the company.

Dominion's voting machines were the subject of conspiracy theories after the 2020 election. Trump campaign attorneys suggested, without evidence, that the company's voting machines had connections with Venezuela, George Soros, and Antifa.

The claims have been found untrue. Defamation lawsuits were filed against new networks that publicized them. However, residents of Lander County maintain the claim that Dominion's voting machines influenced the election results through comments to the commission over the last several months.

The commissioners said that their scrutiny of Dominion's equipment was not due to the belief of foul play in Lander's elections but because they were unsure of the machines elsewhere.

Although Trump won almost 80 percent of the votes in Lander County, commissioners have contemplated an Arizona-style voting machine audit and suggested hand-counting ballots in future elections in a proposal earlier this year.

It would be hard to seize the Dominion equipment under state law and the county contract with the company, Sullivan told commissioners. She also told commissioners that hand-counting could lead to human error and inaccuracies.

Commissioners in Elko County are also considering new voting machines. Republicans there also say they're confident in local results, but worry about election tampering in other places where Dominion equipment is used and believe replacing them may rebuild public trust.

Republican Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske has said the results in Nevada — where President Joe Biden won by 33,596 votes — were accurate and reliable.

In Nevada, electronic voting machines are certified by the federal government and required to run on closed systems to prevent hacking and cyberattacks. Touch screen voting machines are required to print a paper audit, which is then scanned and counted by another machine.

Lander County commissioners scuttled their hand-count proposal. Officials also chose Molly Gonzalez, a county employee, to succeed Sullivan, who is among a growing list of local election officials who have announced plans to leave their posts.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Although Trump won almost 80 percent of the votes in Lander County, commissioners have contemplated an Arizona-style voting machine audit and suggested hand-counting ballots in future elections in a proposal earlier this year. In this photo, the voting machine screen shows a jam after Republican mayoral candidate, Curtis Sliwa's ballot got stuck at a polling place on the Upper West Side on Nov. 2, 2021 in New York City. Alexis Rosenfeld/Getty Images © Alexis Rosenfeld/Getty Images Although Trump won almost 80 percent of the votes in Lander County, commissioners have contemplated an Arizona-style voting machine audit and suggested hand-counting ballots in future elections in a proposal earlier this year. In this photo, the voting machine screen shows a jam after Republican mayoral candidate, Curtis Sliwa's ballot got stuck at a polling place on the Upper West Side on Nov. 2, 2021 in New York City. Alexis Rosenfeld/Getty Images

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