Assembly bill aims to change election recount rules in Nevada

CARSON CITY — All ballots would be recounted in a contested election under a bill heard Wednesday by the Senate Committee on Legislative Operations and Elections.

Under existing law, if a recount is demanded an initial sample recount is done of ballots from 5 percent of the total number of precincts that voted in the election, or at least three precincts in smaller races.

If the initial recount shows a discrepancy of at least 1 percent or five votes, whichever is greater, a full recount of all ballots may be authorized. Assembly Bill 415 would eliminate the initial recount and require all ballots be re-tallied.

Some concerns were raised on the cost of the change. Candidates who seek a recount are typically required to pay for it upfront.

But Wayne Thorley, elections deputy in the secretary of state’s office, said a full recount would not substantially increase costs.

The measure was approved last week by the Assembly on a 29-13 vote.

No action was taken Wednesday by the Senate committee.

Contact Sandra Chereb at or 775-461-3821. Follow @SandraChereb on Twitter.

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