Nevada Supreme Court confirms official election results

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Justices of the Nevada Supreme Court and secretary of state on Tuesday officially confirmed the results of the 2022 general election in the western battleground state, where just over half of all ballots were cast by mail.

Without debate or question, the six justices signed the formal summaries of the findings during a brief meeting with outgoing Republican Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske, held in the old Supreme Court chambers of the state Capitol in Carson City.

“Okay, good job. Thank you Supreme Court justices,” Cegavske said.

“I now declare that the official election for the 2022 general election is to be adjourned and the governor’s office to be notified to prepare the ballot papers,” she said.

It marked a disappointing end to a temperamental election that included a lawsuit in the state Supreme Court over an attempted hand count of ballots in one rural county and unsubstantiated allegations of mail-in ballot fraud in several others.

Cegavske noted Tuesday that only seven of the county clerks and/or top electoral officers in the 17 counties would continue in those positions in 2023 after the others announced either their retirement or resignation.

Total turnout was 55%, or 1,023,617 of Nevada’s 1.8 million active registered voters, Cegavske said. She said 51% of the ballots were cast by mail and 49% in person either during early voting (28%) or on election day (21%).

Ballot counting continued into last week as absentee ballots postmarked by Election Day were accepted for four more days, with an additional two days to heal erroneous ballots.

Rural Douglas County south of Carson City was the last of Nevada’s 17 counties to confirm its votes during a formal election late Friday afternoon.

The Nye County board of directors was among others who unanimously approved Friday’s election results. The rural district of 34,000 registered voters made national headlines after using a controversial hand count as a secondary method of counting votes in addition to Dominion tabs, as electoral conspiracies were rampant throughout the district.

Official election advertising came from tab counting, while the county was unable to count all ballots by hand count until the certification deadline. The commissioners said they would conduct a “full review” of the hand count at a meeting next month

In the end, Nevada’s Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak was unseated by Republican Gov.-elect Joe Lombardo, while Democratic Senator Catherine Cortez Masto narrowly survived a challenge from former Republican Attorney General Adam Laxalt in one of the nation’s most closely watched Senate races.

All four incumbent members of the US House of Representatives in Nevada retained their seats, including Democrats Dina Titus, Susie Lee and Steven Horsford in southern Nevada, where Republicans hoped to flip all three. Republican Rep. Mark Amodei was reelected in a sprawling rural northern Nevada district that includes Reno-Sparks, where no Democrat has ever won.