July 7, 2024

(Chuck Muth) – I gotta tell ya, I wasn’t expecting this from the Las Vegas SUN newspaper, which is usually reliably tilted to the left side of the political spectrum.
But on Sunday it published a report by Haajrah Gilani on the unacceptably bad condition of Nevada’s voter rolls – a problem our Pigpen Project has been tackling for the past year.
In it, Haajrah noted that Michael Pruser – “a Connecticut-based elections data analyst” – partially attributes Nevada’s lower than the national average turnout for recent elections to “policies that make it more difficult to maintain voter registration lists.”
Don’t we know it!
Mr. Haajrah reports that “After tracking six years of (Nevada’s) election trends, Pruser believes Nevada is long overdue for cleaning its voter registration rolls.”
“I would consider Nevada – and Clark County specifically – to be one of the loosest voter registration lists in the country,” Mr. Pruser declared, “because they probably have hundreds of thousands of voters overall who…probably don’t even belong on the active voter list.”
Fact Check:  TRUE.
According to the article, Mr. Pruser is no “election denier” but “just feels angry with the state of Nevada” over its new mail-in ballot law which has resulted in inordinately high levels of undeliverable mail.
“In an average state, undeliverable mail for active voters is usually between 1 and 1.5%,” he told the SUN.  “But in Nevada, it’s 8%.”
To be clear, we have been working closely with the Clark County Registrar of Voters (ROV) office for the past several months on cleaning up the voter rolls.  They are NOT the problem.  The problem is the convoluted, often conflicting, laws on the books that tie the hands of these election officials.
I’ll give you an example…
Just before the June 11 primary, we submitted a dozen test “challenges” of voters who we KNOW have moved out of Nevada.  Not only have they moved, they’ve re-registered to vote in their new state AND have voted in an election in their new state.
We know this because we have access to the government’s official National Change of Address (NCOA) database provided by the post office, as well as the official government voter registration databases of a little over a dozen other states.
Nevertheless, our challenges were rejected.  Why?  Two reasons…

  1.  Nevada law requires that the person challenging the validity of a moved voter’s registration MUST be filed by a voter who lives in the exact same precinct as the voter being challenged.

By my count, there are over 900 precincts in Clark County alone, not counting the rest of the state. Which means to file challenges to moved voters, we’d have to recruit well over a thousand volunteers – one for each precinct – to file them.

This isn’t the fault of election officials.  This is the fault of the Nevada Legislature.

But even if we were to recruit volunteers in each precinct to file such challenges before the general election in November, almost all of the challenges would be rejected for a second reason…

  1.  Nevada law requires the person filing the challenge to have “personal knowledge” that the voter has moved. And “personal knowledge” is defined by the Nevada Administrative Code (NAC) as having “firsthand knowledge through experience or observation.”

We filed our challenges based on reviews of the official data provided by the post office and other states’ voter files.  However, by law as written, that doesn’t constitute firsthand knowledge through experience or observation.
What DOES meet that standard is a current resident attesting that the registered voter moved out and no longer lives at the residence where they are registered.  And this has been the focus of the Pigpen Project’s efforts for the last several months.
We’ve had a small team of volunteers going to homes and apartments where our data analysis shows a particular registered voter no longer lives.  If the current resident signs an official form attesting to the fact that the registered voter no longer lives there, THAT’S considered “personal knowledge.”
And the fact is, the Clark County ROV has been accepting and processing the hundreds of reports we’ve filed over the past few months since the Presidential Preference Primary.
However, this is just a drop in the bucket.
Immediately after the June 11 primary, the Pigpen Project submitted almost 30,000 names of voters statewide that we’ve identified, using governmental data, showing those voters have moved to another state. And we’ve asked the county clerks/registrars to send out confirmation postcards to those voters which the voters must return within 33 days to remain “active” on the voter rolls.
However, state law says the counties “may” use the data we, as an “external party,” provide if it’s determined to be “reliable and reasonable.”  Which our door-to-door activities have demonstrated is the case.
But according to state law, there’s no OBLIGATION for the county clerks/registrars to use our data.  Worse, there’s no obligation for the clerks/registrars to even confirm receipt of our files, let alone advise whether they do anything with them, or report back on the results of their actions if they do.
So much for transparency. 
And according to an opinion issued by the Nevada Secretary of State’s office in March – an opinion we disagree with, by the way – the county clerks/registrars are required by state law to obtain approval from their county commissions before acting on our submissions.
But even if they did, a separate law imposes a 90-day “blackout” period before the general election in which voter files cannot be cleaned up. 
So in order to send out the confirmation postcards in time to give voters the 33 days required to confirm their registration, those postcards would have to be mailed out by tomorrow – which obviously ain’t gonna happen.
And according to our research, that means at least 140,000 mail-in ballots are going to be sent out to people who the post office reports no longer live where they’re registered.
And to again be clear, this doesn’t mean election officials are breaking the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA).  The state and various counties are meeting the bare minimum threshold of the law by now mailing confirmation postcards to any voter who had their primary ballot returned by the post office.
However, tens of thousands – if not hundreds of thousands – of ineligible “moved” voters have fallen through the cracks and remain on Nevada’s active registration rolls who shouldn’t be.  More can and should be done.  But the law doesn’t *require* that such actions be taken.
Again, this isn’t the fault of the county clerks/registrars.  This is the fault of the Nevada Legislature.
Not only is the current system costing taxpayers a small fortune to print and mail ballots to people who no longer live in Nevada and are no longer legally ineligible to vote here, but it increases the potential for bad actors who might get hold of those ballots to commit voting fraud – which is extremely hard to find let alone prove.
In the meantime, the Pigpen Project will continue doing its part to identify the flaws in the laws and work within the current system to clean up the voter rolls as best as possible.  But in the end, it’s up to elected legislators – regardless of party affiliation – to fix the problems.
There IS a way.  All they need is the will.
“We know, and I guarantee you’ll agree, the voter rolls are not clean.” – Nevada Gov. Joe Lombardo
“Dirty voter rolls are the mother’s milk of election fraud.” – Mark Mendlovitz
“Elected officials of all political stripes should want to prevent election fraud.” – Las Vegas Sun

The Pigpen Project is a project of Citizen Outreach Foundation, an IRS-approved 501(c)(3) grassroots organization founded in 1992.  Donations are tax-deductible for federal income tax purposes.

Debate Recap:

It wasn’t even close. President Trump won the debate by a landslide! While Sleepy Joe appeared confused and malicious, President Trump remained cool, calm, and collected. Joe Biden was too incompetent to defend his own record on numerous issues such as inflation and the border crisis. He also slung LIES towards President Trump and stooped to name calling and petty rumors that have been debunked. Even after a week long vacation at Camp David, President Biden still could not deliver a coherent debate performance. Everything is more expensive under Joe Biden:

• Mortgages are up 90%.

• Gasoline is up 50%.

• Bread is up 41%.

• Eggs are up 40%.

• Baby food is up 28%.

And, Sleepy Joe has:

• Caused Americans to lose $28,000 per household in inflation costs.

• Allowed Inflation to increase 20%.

• Ran up a $2 trillion federal budget deficit this year.

• Overseen an unprecedented crisis at the border: o Joe Biden has allowed 10 million illegal migrants to cross the southern border.

▪ There are now over 150k missing migrant children in the United States.

▪ There are ISIS terrorists at large in the United States.

▪ There is a 43% increase in violent crime victims under Biden, much due to the Biden Migrant Crime Wave sweeping across our country.

• Weakened leadership has emboldened America’s adversaries:

o 13 service members died because of Joe Biden’s incompetence during the disastrous withdrawal of Afghanistan.

o Hamas launched an assault against our greatest ally in the Middle East – Israel.

o Russia has started war in Ukraine and Biden has failed to stand up to Putin.

Based on this debate, Democrats are running scared. Many pundits are calling for a new Democratic Presidential nominee! Joe Biden further embarrassed the United States with this last debate performance, and he is too weak to serve as Commander in Chief. The contrast between President Trump and Biden is clear—it’s time to retire Joe Biden once and for all and allow President Trump to Make America Great Again.

Many people are confused as the sample ballots issued by the Elections office are arriving because Donald Trump and Ron DeSantis are not on that ballot. This is because there are actually going to be two Republican Presidential candidate elections this year, thus two totally different ballots.

Since 1884, Nevada has made their Presidential candidate selection using the Caucus method. “Pursuant to NV law, Nevada does not conduct Presidential Primary elections to select Presidential candidates but uses the Caucus method. All major political parties shall hold their own Caucuses. This is a private event directly run by the political party, NOT the state or local governmental entities.”

In May 2021, the democrat super-majority passed legislation that Nevada would hold a Presidential Preference Primary to select Presidential candidates at great taxpayer expense. This ruling was challenged in court and it was granted that while the Secretary of State would hold a Presidential Preference Primary, the major political parties could still hold their Caucus to determine their Presidential candidate using their own Caucus rules. The Nevada GOP voted to use the Caucus method as used for many years and choose the Presidential candidate based only on the Caucus votes. (So the votes from the state run Presidential Preference Primary will NOT be used to select the Republican candidate.) All Republican Presidential candidates were informed of the GOP rules and made their own choice to participate in the Presidential Preference Primary or the Caucus.

The sample ballots received in the mail this week are for the state run election, held February 6th. Nikki Haley is the only candidate who is still running on this ballot. If you chose to participate, you can vote for her or you can indicate “None of these candidates” to register your nonsupport of her. (But remember, this ballot vote does not count in selecting the Presidential Candidate.)

The Republican Caucus, which is where the Republican Presidential Candidate will be elected, is Thursday February 8th at the Virgin Valley High School for anyone who lives in Mesquite or Bunkerville. The Caucus is open from 5:00pm until 7:30pm. As long as you are in line by 7:30, you can vote.

You can go to the Caucus, vote and leave or you can stay and be part of the discussions on candidates. You can also stay and watch the vote count. Your choice.

If you want to be involved in selecting the Republican Candidate, these are the rules:

  • Must be a registered Republican at least 30 days prior to the Caucus (January 8, 2024)
  • Must bring valid government issued ID to the Caucus
  • Must vote in your precinct (mail in ballots are only available to military)
  • Must use the provided paper ballot to vote

Note: It is legal to vote in the state run election AND in the Caucus as they are two entirely different elections, but remember, it is only the Caucus that will elect the Republican Presidential candidate.

If you are a nonpartisan or registered Independent, you will not be allowed to vote for the Republican candidate.

To check your precinct number go online to www.nvsos.gov Click on the Elections link.

I strongly encourage you to participate in the Republican Caucus – be involved in making a difference!

Sue Zarubin, President Mesquite Republican Women

Clark County Republican Party