Questions and concerns about Mineral County’s vote counting process have been swirling since the last election, but it is only now that those questions and concerns are about to become official. According to reporting from MyNews4, one of the losing candidates is preparing an official court challenge regarding the incoming results. With the election coming in so close — settled by less than 100 votes — it is inevitable that someone demand a complete investigation.
The lawsuit isn’t without merit, either. The Mineral County clerk reported that a problem with the vote counting process ended up leaving 178 votes uncounted in one precinct. Chris Nepper, who lost the race by only 88 votes, naturally wants to be certain no other problems occurred during the counting process. After all, another batch of missing votes in a given precinct could be enough to flip the election in the other direction. Nepper is suing Mineral County, the state of Nevada, and the company who designed and manufactured the voting machines used in the election.
It’s unclear exactly what happened with the missed votes. Some Mineral County residents view the error as simple mistake, while others insist that such problems are indicative of corruption at the county level. We won’t know anything official until the investigation concludes; no word has been released regarding its current status, who is being investigated, and whether the investigation affects any other candidates. Ken McKenna is representing Mr. Nepper in the suit and is dedicated to seeing that the truth is revealed.
McKenna states: “Everybody is just playing the game and hoping it goes away. It’s not going to go away. We’re going to make sure that this gets the light of day, and we’re going to get to the bottom of this so that it never, ever happens again.”
Mineral County boasts a population of around 5,000 residents and is home to Walker Lake, Mount Grant, and the Humbolt-Toiyabe National Forest. The county saw immense growth after gold was discovered within its boundaries in 1860. This new suit will be a compelling chapter in the long, colorful history of this desert mining county.
Ken McKenna is a leading and prominent attorney in Reno, Nevada and has successfully been an advocate for his clients for over 30 years. For further information or to schedule an appointment please contact us at 775.329.6373 or visit www.KenMcKenna.com.