LAS VEGAS (KLAS) –– A blind woman contacted the I-Team after she said she went to vote, only to find out her ballot had been mailed in without her consent.
Jill Stokke, 79, of Las Vegas, said she needed help to fill out her ballot but when her mail-in ballot never came, she went to vote in person. That’s when she was told her ballot had already been sent in and that her signature had also been verified.
“I can’t vote without help,” Stokke told the I-Team. “They said, ‘you can’t vote, you already voted,’ and I said, no I haven’t.”
Stokke claims that she did not vote, and believes that her ballot was likely stolen.
According to Stokke, she was told by Clark County election officials that her signature matched and that her vote had been cast. “I said, it couldn’t match, because I didn’t vote,” Stokke added.
Stokke showed the I-Team the device she uses to read, adding that she could not read the small print on a ballot without help. “A friend has always come with me and votes,” she said.
In addition, Stokke claims she requested to verify her mail-in ballot but was denied this by county officials. The I-Team contacted the Clark County Elections department who said they did offer Stokke an opportunity to cast another ballot if she would attest in writing her account, but said that Stokke had declined this. According to county records, a ballot in Stokke’s name was processed last week.
Stokke says she reached out to a lawyer who advised her to try to cast a provisional ballot on Election Day but cautioned her it was unlikely the ballot would be counted because the county shows she has already voted.
“A lawyer told me they probably won’t let me because their machine shows I’ve already voted,” she said. “I know I did not vote and I’m not going to have this taken away from me.”
Stokke has contacted several state and federal offices, including the FBI.
Nearly 2 million ballots were sent out this year. Every registered Nevada voter was provided with one, even if they did not request it. However, voters were not required to vote by mail and could surrender their mail-in ballot at a polling place or sign a declaration saying they would not use it.
The I-Team has compared state data and other information provided by the White House and compiled by the Heritage Foundation. The data reflects that out of more than 7 million votes that have been cast in Nevada elections since 2008, two votes are known to have been cast illegally. These votes belonged to a person who was not in the country legally and cast one vote in the 2008 general election and voted again in 2010.
The other election fraud case involving a double vote in the data provided by the White House focuses on the case of Roxanne Rubin. In 2012, after voting at an early-voting location in southern Nevada, she tried to vote at a second location. However, poll workers flagged the first vote and rather than voting twice, she was later arrested.
Rubin later agreed to a plea deal and admitted guilt in exchange for a lesser charge.
Documents show that over the last 12 years, there have been a total of six voter fraud convictions. but there are no cases involving a double vote or mail fraud getting through the system.
It would be extremely difficult for a person to vote with another person’s ballot, county officials said, and, it is a felony punishable with a fine and prison time.