Nevada Audit Information

This information was updated in March 2014 using the Nevada Administrative Code (NAC).

 

State Summary

Nevada's audit law, in effect since 2004, audits all items on the ballot, but the audit results do not lead to a full recount, and the statutes do not stipulate whether the results are binding upon the official election results.

Transparency: 

Statutes specify that audits must be conducted publicly

No statutory requirement that audit results and data be made public

No statutory guidance allowing observers to verify ballot marks

 

NAC 293.255(6) states that any member of the public observing the post-election audit must not interfere with the counting.  It does not specify if they may verify ballot marks, or if the date from the audit is to be made public.

Voting Systems Used: 

DREs with VVPAT

 

For more details, visit Verified Voting.

Binding: 

No statutory guidance binding audit results on election results

Addressing Discrepancies and Continuing the Audit: 

No statutory guidance for expanding the audit

Audit Comprehensiveness: 

No statutory guidance for either early, absentee or provisional ballots

No statutory guidance for ballots counted by hand on election day to be included in audit

 

The audit law mentions only VVPATs from the polling place, and does not include absentee or provisional ballots.

Additional Targeted Samples: 

No statutory guidance for additional targeted samples

Contests and Issues Audited: 

Every contest and ballot issue voted on the ballot is audited

Local election contests audited

Statewide election contests audited

Federal election contests audited

 

Each candidate and each measure must be audited. See NAC 293.255(2). 

Type of Audit Units: 

Machines


The number of machines audited depends on the population of the county.  For counties with100,000 residents or more, 2% of voting machines “or not less than 20 mechanical recording devices, whichever is greater,” must be audited. See NAC 293.255(3). For counties with fewer than 100,000 residents, at least 3% of machines, or not less than four, must be audited, whichever is greater. See NAC 293.255(4).

Counting Method: 

Counting method chosen by election official

 

Counting may be done either by hand or “by a mechanical device determined by the Secretary of State.” See NAC 293.255(2).

 

Oversight and Conduct of Audit:
The Secretary of State oversees the audit but the random selection and the audit are conducted at the county level by county clerks. See NAC 293.255.

 

Timeline for Audit: 

The results of the audit must be sent to the Secretary of State within seven working days after the election. See NAC 293.255(5).