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

Lee Hoffman, chairman of the Elko County Republican Party, was at Wednesday’s county commission meeting to ask the county to consider replacing the Dominion machines. He read a resolution endorsed by the Elko County Republican Party.

“While there is evidence of tampering with vote counts in places where Dominion voting machines were used, particularly in metropolitan areas of swing states,” the resolution states, “the County Republican Party of ‘Elko…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 rescind the contract with Dominion if necessary…”

The resolution also states that the Elko County Republican Party “recognizes that implementing alternatives would have associated costs, but affirms that election integrity is worth finding the necessary funding…”

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Hoffman said that request does not call into question the quality of elections in Elko County.

“My compliments to Clerk Jakeman and her staff,” Hoffman said. “They are helpful, cooperative, open and efficient. When I look at the election results in Elko County, I see no indication of tampering. I believe the elections in Elko County were well run, well run and fair.

He said the ability to change voting machines was part of an overall effort to restore confidence in the electoral process in the country.

“Public confidence in election results is as important as the results themselves,” Hoffman said. “There is great public distrust across this country of Dominion machines.”

“I don’t believe the Dominion machines are the reason President Trump lost the election,” Hoffman said toward the end of Wednesday’s discussion. “That’s not what it’s about. It’s really about trying to rebuild public trust.

Hoffman said the commissioners can’t order Jakeman to investigate alternatives to the Dominion machines, but they can make a request.

“I am here today to ask you only to request or encourage the Registrar to seek alternatives, and to achieve the desired end result, you will need to find and provide the necessary financial and human resources,” Hoffman said.

The commissioners agreed that it would be useful to ask Jakeman to get more information on possible alternatives to the Dominion machines.

“I share the national concern that the last election was stolen by the same people who harassed President Trump throughout his administration,” Commissioner Rex Steninger said, and he spoke about what he sees as some electoral irregularities.

“Something fishy happened,” Steninger said. “I’m confident that didn’t happen here in Elko County.”

Commissioner Jon Karr said he didn’t agree with all of Steninger’s comments, but “I agree that if Kris wants to look and make sure it’s the best choice with the Dominions, or it’s smarter to go with another machine I’m a hundred percent on board with looking at it And I’m not going to be biased either way, when you come back and say, no, Dominion is the way to follow, or the other machine is the way to go.

During public comments, Gil Hernandez asked why this was being discussed in Elko County, where there were no issues with the election.

“I don’t think that should happen here,” Hernandez said. “I think that’s something that maybe should be a statewide deal, if we’re looking at fraud or whatever.”

Jakeman told the commissioners: “We are not opposed to considering other alternatives, but I wanted to state officially that we fully believe in Dominion voting machines and tabulation equipment. We have had a great partnership with them since 2004.”

The Office of the Nevada Secretary of State reports that only two mechanical voting systems are currently approved for use in Nevada – Dominion Voting Systems and Election Systems and Software (ES&S). All counties in Nevada currently use Dominion systems and Carson City uses ES&S.

Jakeman said after Wednesday’s meeting that she had already been in touch with ES&S.

“I’m actually waiting for packages from ES&S for information on their system and pricing,” Jakeman said. “There might be a chance that we’ll get them to come here and set up and do a demo.”

Jakeman said Elko County paid more than $300,000 in 2017 for Dominion equipment the county currently uses. The county has a contract with Dominion until 2025. The county pays annual license fees for Dominion firmware and software, and also pays fees for election setup.

“I don’t know what kind of penalties there might be if they broke that contract,” Jakeman said.

Dominion machines are not connected to the Internet, Jakeman said.

“The electronic ballot books are wired for our registration, so we have real-time voter registration, but the machines are not,” Jakeman said. “We have a paper backup of every vote, on a verifiable paper audit trail. … These paper ballots, we keep them for 22 months.

The county clerk’s office will be very busy for a while with the December 14 special election, but after that there will be more time to compare the Dominion and ES&S systems.

State and Dominion Response

During Wednesday’s county commission meeting, Hoffman read a letter he received from Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske suggesting that the Elko County Republican Party’s resolution on systems Dominion voting system could contribute to the lack of voter confidence that the resolution says it addresses.

“The Elko County Republican Party resolution dated November 8, 2021 contains inaccuracies that could damage voter confidence in Nevada’s electoral process,” the letter from the Secretary of State’s office reads. “This notice is provided to correct these inaccuracies.”

“Allegations that Dominion Voting Systems machines counted votes inaccurately in County Antrim, Michigan, and Maricopa County, Arizona, are patently false,” the letter states, and provides links. to additional information.

“All Dominion Voting Systems machines used in Nevada have passed a rigorous federal, state and county certification process,” the letter states.

“Dominion has successfully served Elko County for more than ten years and we value our long-standing relationship with the county,” Dominion Voting Systems said in response to a request for comment. “The US National Intelligence Community has repeatedly confirmed that there is no evidence that a voting system has removed or lost votes, altered votes, or been compromised in any way.

“And yet, the situation in Elko County underscores how damaged Dominion has been as a result of the defamatory statements made about it. In fact, Dominion systems are now arguably the most scrutinized voting machines in the United States, having been tested in over 1,000 manual audits and recounts.

“If there were any questions about an election in Elko County, including the election that is just weeks away, county voting machines produce voter-verifiable paper records to ensure trust and accountability. ‘earnings integrity,’ concludes Dominion’s statement.