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Voter registration fraud cases not widespread in Nevada, elections official reports

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Secretary of State Ross Miller addresses the Nevada State Democratic Party Convention on June 26, 2010, at the Flamingo.

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Despite complaints of voter registration fraud across the state, investigations by Nevada’s top elections official have uncovered no widespread illegal activity, Secretary of State Ross Miller said Thursday.

Florida has been at the center of a broadening voter registration scandal, where a criminal investigation has been launched into Strategic Allied Consulting, a private vendor hired by Republicans to register voters in swing states, including Nevada. Strategic Allied Consulting has been tied to registration irregularities in a dozen Florida counties in the past week, including possibly changing voter’s political affiliation or listed address without the voter's knowledge.

Strategic Allied Consulting's contract for work in Nevada has since been canceled, Miller said.

In a news conference Thursday in Las Vegas, Miller said his office had substantiated reports of isolated instances of registration irregularities, specifically where completed voter registration forms taken by third-party vendors have been destroyed.

“Although we have had investigations in place, we have not seen any widespread coordinator effort for voter registration fraud,” said Miller, a Democrat.

Miller declined to comment on the specifics of the investigations or how many complaints his office has received. He said investigators with the his office have been conducting fieldwork over the past several weeks by filing voter registration forms with third-party vendors and monitoring them to make sure those forms are turned in.

Miller encourages anyone who thinks they might have registered with a third-party vendor – typically those who register voters at community events or outside of shopping centers and grocery stores – to confirm their registration status with the Clark County Elections Department.

Residents can confirm whether they are registered to vote by entering their name and birthdate online. People may also confirm their registration by calling call 702-455-VOTE (8683).

Anyone who cannot verify their registration still can register to vote in the Nov. 6 elections through the close of business Tuesday with the Clark County Elections Department.

Miller reminded the news conference that voter registration fraud is a felony in Nevada.

“We take all of these complaints very seriously. These are about the most egregious acts that I think you can commit. If you steal somebody’s vote, you have taken their liberty,” he said.

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