There’s been an unfortunate side effect of the consistent claims of voter fraud over the past several years. According to recent surveys, only about one out of three Republicans believes in the integrity of our elections. Overall, only about 58% of Americans as a whole still trust elections in this country.
As a result, more Republicans continue to question whether election results are legitimate.
Joey Gilbert, a Republican candidate running for office in Reno, has recently reignited the trend. Gilbert has allegedly lost the election in Nevada, but he’s now claiming that massive voter fraud is likely what caused the loss. As a result, he’s demanded a recount. He’s already filed the paperwork, raised the money for a recount, and made efforts to get the recount action in motion.
After a few days of county-wide recounting, election officials have certified the election results and confirmed that Gilbert did not win the election. He lost by about 26,000 votes.
Despite this confirmation, Gilbert has continued to claim that election officials are only using the same broken ballots and putting them into the same broken machines, so the recount efforts were of little use.
Voting Crimes: What You Need to Know
Claims of voter fraud are very common, but the actual crime of committing voter fraud doesn’t happen as often as most of us think. According to Nevada law, the crime of voter fraud happens when someone knowingly and willfully defrauds or attempts to defraud the residents of Nevada of a fair election process by:
- Procuring or submitting false or fraudulent voter registration applications
- Procuring or casting ballots that are known by the person to be fake or fraudulent
What’s more, a Nevada resident can also face voter fraud charges if they knowingly and willfully intimidate, threaten, or coerce a person for registering to vote, attempting to vote, or exercising their voting rights.
If you get convicted of this serious crime in Reno, then expect to pay significant fines. On top of that, you could get imprisoned for up to five years. In light of recent events, it’s in your best interests to hire a criminal defense lawyer if you think you could face voter fraud charges in Nevada.
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Have you or a loved one been charged with voter fraud or a similar offense over the past few years? The bad news is that the sensationalism around the issue could lead Prosecutors to treat your case as an example for the community at large. The good news is that there are plenty of ways to defend yourself against voter fraud charges, especially if you know you didn’t commit the crime.
Regardless of how serious your charges are or how dark your situation appears, our lawyers can help shed a light on your legal options moving forward. Request a consultation with our office now by leaving your contact details on our online form now.