I-Team: Poll watchers are expected to be passive observers, election officials say

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — President Donald Trump continues to question the integrity of the November election while election officials in Clark County and Nevada say voter fraud is not widespread.

At the first Presidential debate, Mr. Trump said, “I am urging my supporters to go into the polls and watch very carefully because that’s what has to happen. I am urging them to do it.”

Voters can observe the process, but one concern is voter intimidation.

“Individuals at the polling place that may try to prevent voters from exercising their civil rights — that’s a federal and state crime. And we will be watching for that,” said Wayne Thorley, Deputy Secretary of State for Elections in Nevada.

“When a when a person is an observer, they have to follow certain guidelines that are set out in law,” Thorley said. “They are not active participants in the voting process. They are passive observers.”

If observers notice a problem, they can contact an election official at the polling location.

Clark County Registrar Joe Gloria told the I-Team that contacting his office is also an option for concerns about both voter fraud and voter intimidation.

“Put your complaint directly into our office and we’ll log that,” Gloria said. “And we would immediately send out an admin rover, if they’re willing to stay long enough for that admin rover to arrive on scene and address their concern. And if they felt it wasn’t being dealt with.”

Concerned voters and poll watchers can call the registrar’s office at 702-455-VOTE. (702-455-8683)

As 8 News Now has been reporting, voters have the option to mail in their ballots this year due to COVID-19. Voters can drop off their ballots at locations around the valley starting Oct. 17, or they can vote in person.

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