Secretary of State Cegavske Issues Statement Regarding Post-Election Certification Process

Post Date:11/17/2020 10:06 AM

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Jennifer A. Russell
(775) 684-5793
SOSPIO@sos.nv.gov

(Carson City, NV; November 17, 2020) – Secretary of State Cegavske issues the following statement regarding Nevada’s post-election certification process:

“I have not spoken with Senator Lindsey Graham or any other members of Congress regarding the 2020 general election in Nevada or my role in the post-election certification process.  Under Nevada law (NRS 293.395), the Secretary of State plays only a ministerial role in the process of certifying election returns.  Nevada’s election returns are certified by the county commissioners in each of Nevada’s seventeen counties.  The returns are then summarized in an abstract of votes, at which point the abstracts of votes are certified by the seventeen county election officials and transmitted to my office.  I then present the abstracts to the members of the Nevada Supreme Court who canvass the votes for federal, statewide, and legislative offices.  At no point do I, as Secretary of State, have the authority to certify or not certify election results.  Ultimately, it is the Governor who declares the outcomes and issues certificates of election.”

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