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GOP alleges early voting discrepancies in Nevada

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Justin M. Bowen

Election worker Fredda Jones signals an open booth during early voting Oct. 16 at the Galleria at Sunset mall in Henderson.

A lawyer for the Nevada Republican Party has demanded Secretary of State Ross Miller investigate and resolve multiple issues the party is raising about early voting.

In a lengthy letter delivered yesterday, David O'Mara details several discrepancies he says his poll watchers have noted in Clark and Washoe counties. The complaint focuses mostly on the early voting logs, which compare the number of voters who signed in and the number of ballots cast on the voting machines. Most of these discrepancies are very small, just one or two votes.

The voter registrars have described them as human transcribing errors and have said there are no problems with the machines.

O'Mara also wants a more transparent process for resolving the discrepancies.

Elections officials carefully guard access to the early voting machines and have rebuffed efforts during the past two elections to allow poll watchers to observe the vote tallying procedures. They argue to maintain security, only trained poll workers can have access to those machines.

The letter is part of a growing effort by Republicans and GOP Senate candidate Sharron Angle to raise questions about the validity of the vote. Earlier today, Jon Ralston reported Angle's lawyer is accusing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of trying to steal the vote by offering free food at early voting events.

Angle spokesman Jarrod Agen says the campaign is maintaining a "election fraud hotline" to collect complaints.

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