Culinary Union is working to cure contested ballots in Nevada elections

Published on: November 12, 2022, 09:53.

Last update: 12 November 2022, 09:53.

Following a canvassing effort that reached more than 1 million Nevada households, the Culinary Union said Friday that its work for the 2022 election is far from over.

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Nevada U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto speaks on the Senate floor about school and broadband support in August 2020. Cortez Masto, a Democrat, leads Republican opponent Adam Laxalt by less than 900 votes, with more thousands to count. (Image: CortezMasto.Senate.Gov)

With election officials in Clark and Washoe counties indicating there are about 9,600 ballots with signatures, Culinary Union Secretary-Treasurer Ted Pappageorge said the task force representing Nevada casino workers will now work to ensure that all these votes are counted.

Since Wednesday, 200 canvassers have been working to cure ballots that have been challenged, Pappageorge said.

The Culinary Union conducts phone banking and canvassing full-time, organizers also reach out to hospitality workers on lunch breaks in employee dining rooms at unionized casino resorts on the Las Vegas Strip,” he said. β€œThe Culinary Union is working in coalition with labor and community partners to heal the ballots and ensure Nevadans’ votes are counted. The Culinary Union is doing everything we can to make sure the voices of Nevadans are heard and their votes are counted.”

The deadline to get your ballots cured and counted in this year’s races is Monday at 5pm PT.

The cured votes could decide the key Senate race

The healing effort won’t help Gov. Steve Sisolak, who lost his re-election campaign and officially conceded to Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo Friday night. However, the work of the Culinary Union may influence which party controls the US Senate starting in January.

Republican challenger Adam Laxalt leads Democratic U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto by 862 votes (48.5 percent to 48.4 percent) of more than 965,000 ballots counted, according to the Nevada Secretary of State’s office.

However, Jon Ralston from Nevada Independent reported Saturday morning that about 23,000 votes remained to be counted in Clark County and another 8,000 in Washoe. Those are the top two in the state and counties Cortez Masto has led throughout.

Oh, and the Clark County total, he added, doesn’t include the roughly 5,500 provisional ballots or the “thousands” of unclean ballots there.

If counting trends continue, Cortez Masto will overtake Laxalt and secure a Democratic 50th U.S. Senate seat. In a 50-50 Senate, Vice President Kamala Harris would vote for any tiebreaker, which would ensure that Democrats retain control of the Senate for the next two years.

“By the end of the day we may know if Nevada has made Georgia irrelevant or if everyone still has Georgia on their minds,” he tweeted.

How to heal your ballot

If you voted in Clark or Washoe counties, you can check the county websites (Click Here for Clark and Here for Washoe) to determine if your ballot has been contested and needs to be cured.

In both counties, voters can cure a ballot by calling the county registrar’s office (702-455-6552 in Clark and 775-328-3670 in Washoe) and giving them the last four digits of your social security number, the place your birthday. , and date of birth. If you received a letter from the registrar’s office, you can also complete the affidavit on the back of that letter and either email it or drop it off in person at the office.

Voters in Washoe County can also cast their ballot online and will need to submit a photo of their identification. In Clark County, voters can respond by text if they received notice that their vote was contested. The county will respond with a link to a website where voters can heal their ballot.

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