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Nevada: Election Denial in Races for Election Administration Positions

A collection of examples illustrates the prevalence of election denial in 2022 contests for the offices that will run the next elections in Nevada.

Published: March 29, 2022
Illustration featuring the state of Nevada
Brennan Center for Justice
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Below, we compile quotes from campaigns’ ads, websites, social media posts, and state­ments repor­ted in the media that illus­trate endorse­ment or oppos­i­tion to elec­tion denial — claims that the process or result of the last pres­id­en­tial elec­tion was ille­git­im­ate. Each of the candid­ates is running for an office that will play a role in admin­is­ter­ing future elec­tions in Nevada. Inform­a­tion about the finan­cing of these campaigns and those in other battle­ground states can be found here.

Governor

Michele Fiore (with­drew to run for state treas­urer)

Michele Fiore (R), a member of the Las Vegas City Coun­cil, said in a Febru­ary primary debate that Trump is the “right­ful pres­id­ent of the United States. . . . There was voter fraud, and he won Nevada.” In a campaign ad, Fiore lists “stop voter fraud” as one point in her three-point plan.

Joey Gilbert (lost primary)

Joey Gilbert (R), who was endorsed by the Nevada Repub­­lican Party but lost the primary, defen­ded his claims the elec­­tion was stolen in a May inter­­view, arguing there were “six states that shut our coun­t­ing down for the first time in our nation’s history for weeks,” and, “it’s common sense, [Joe Biden] didn’t get 80 million votes.” Gilbert believes Trump won and is “still our pres­id­ent.” He has tweeted calls to “decer­­­tify” the 2020 elec­­tion. Gilber­­t’s campaign sent an email to support­ers that begins, “If our votes don’t count, our repub­­lic is doomed.” The email goes on to call on Gilber­­­t’s support­ers to serve as poll work­ers, explain­ing: “Watch­ers are only able to witness fraud taking place. Work­ers can stop it when they see it.” Another email claims that errors on voter rolls in 2020 mean “almost HALF of all votes could have been stolen."

Joey Gilbert tweet

Tom Heck (lost primary)

Tom Heck (R) has TV ads in which he declares, “Trump won, Biden lost, Demo­crats and RINOs stole the 2020 elec­tion.” His campaign website describes “a grot­esque abuse of our elec­tion system nation­wide” and includes among Heck’s goals to “End Univer­sal Mail Ballots” and “Create a Citizen-Based Elec­tion Over­sight Commit­tee.”