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Journalist Tests Nevada's Signature Verification, Finds 89% Failure Rate

Victor Joecks of the Las Vegas Review-Journal finds flawed security measure

 on 16th November 2020 @ 9.00pm
 it   s more evidence that signature verification is a flawed security measure   victor joecks wrote © press
'It’s more evidence that signature verification is a flawed security measure,' Victor Joecks wrote

The signature verification process in Nevada was tested by journalists who discovered a massive failure rate.

Victor Joecks of the Las Vegas Review-Journal noted the issue is more profound than any single contest.

“Leave aside the presidential race. Even small amounts of fraud can swing results,” he wrote, highlighting a race where a state senator won an election by 24 votes.

Joecks said he proved a voter could vote many times in his piece.

“Clark County election officials accepted my signature on eight ballot return envelopes during the general election."

"It’s more evidence that signature verification is a flawed security measure,” he wrote.

according to one whistleblower  elections officials told him to process ballots without checking the signatures © press
According to one whistleblower, elections officials told him to process ballots without checking the signatures.

Among the “facts” assembled on a state website, Joecks discovered this gem:

“All mail ballots must be signed on the ballot return envelope."

"This signature is used to authenticate the voter and confirm that it was actually the voter and not another person who returned the mail ballot.”

“I wanted to test that claim by simulating what might happen if someone returned ballots that didn’t belong to him or her,” he wrote.

Joecks, who had nine co-conspirators, wrote their names to copy and try to imitate his handwriting.

The citizens then had to sign the ballots to guarantee no fraud perpetrated while conducting the test.

Clark County Registrar Joe Gloria told Joecks that if ballots signed by someone else “came through, we would still have the signature match to rely on for identity,” he said.

the journalist was not surprised by the result  given the stories of dead people voting © press
The journalist was not surprised by the result, given the stories of dead people voting

When asked about his faith in his office's ability to find a fake ballot out of a sea of the documents, he said:

“I’m confident that the process has been working throughout this process.”

“He was wrong,” Joecks wrote.

“Eight of the nine ballots went through. In other words, signature verification had an 89 percent failure rate in catching mismatched signatures.”

The journalist was not surprised by the result, given the stories of dead people voting, while others were told signatures were valid on a ballot they never received.

According to one whistleblower, elections officials told him to process ballots without checking the signatures.

“County officials aren’t working proactively to determine whether unscrupulous actors abused this vulnerability in a widespread fashion,” he said.

Gloria said his office finds fraud when told about it.

“So if a criminal doesn’t admit he committed voter fraud, Clark County is unlikely to find out about it. Willful ignorance isn’t an election security strategy,” Joecks wrote.

“It’s unclear how much voter fraud took place in Nevada. But it’s clear signature verification isn’t the fail-safe security check elections officials made it out to be,” he wrote.

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