November 18, 2022

NV Confirms: Security Cameras Down Eight Hours During Vote Count

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By Jackson Kincaid

In Brief: 

With the recent midterms being some of the most watched and anticipated elections and results in recent history, you’d think the professionals would be more prepared for whatever happens. Instead, you have multiple cities, counties, and even states taking days to count their votes. And now Nevada has announced their security went down. 

The Background: 

County officials in Nevada over the weekend confirmed that cameras live-streaming vote-counting areas on Wednesday night and Thursday morning went dark for a total of eight hours. “We know that our election livestream cameras went dark overnight. We investigated what happened and how to prevent it happening again,” Washoe County’s Twitter account posted Thursday afternoon.

“The livestream computer application lost connection with the courtesy cameras at 11:24 p.m. the evening of November 9,” the county said on its website. “All staff had left for the night about 60 minutes earlier and did not arrive back at the office until 7 a.m. Connection was restored at 7:53 a.m. the morning of November 10.” 

The U.S. Senate race in Nevada was called for the Democrats on Saturday, meaning the Republicans had failed to gain enough seats to take back the majority, as ties are broken by the vice president. The hope had been former state Attorney General Adam Laxalt, a Republican, would flip the blue seat by ousting incumbent Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto. According to prior polling, Laxalt was leading.

There have been questions from both political sides as to the accuracy and security in mail-in ballots leading elections to go days or even weeks before being confirmed with Politico stating “Election Day is dead. Long live election month.”

Notable Quotes: 

“There is no mathematical way Laxalt loses. If he does, then it’s a lie.” – Lindsey Graham

What do you think?