According to Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske, a large portion of the uncounted ballots in Nevada – where Joe Biden has a narrow lead over President Donald Trump – are in the Democratic stronghold.
In a statement on Thursday, Cegavske said that about 190,150 ballots still had to be counted nationwide. Ninety percent of them come from Clark County, the home of Las Vegas. Democrats make up about 40 percent of registered active voters in the district, while Republicans make up 28 percent.
The Associated Press has not yet declared a winner in Nevada because the race is still too close to be decided. New data released on Thursday shows Biden ahead of Trump with more than 11,000 votes. The AP has Biden with 264 votes, which means that the six Nevada votes would give him the 270 votes he needs to win the White House if the other projections hold.
Biden’s campaign manager, Jen O’Malley Dillon, said in a conversation with reporters on Thursday that she was confident former vice president would carry Nevada, but warned that the margin could narrow.
Nevada will accept postal ballots until next Tuesday, which will be postmarked by November 3. The last date on which votes can be counted is November 12.
Joe Gloria, Clark County Registrar, said at a press conference on Thursday that it could take until Saturday or Sunday to count the returned postal ballots. He said the county expects to release the results of about 51,000 postal votes on Friday morning.
“Our goal here in Clark County is not to count quickly,” he said. “We want to make sure that we are accurate. The results in Nevada state will obviously be very important for the entire country, and that’s our number one goal.”
Gloria also pushed back against the Trump campaign accusations of election fraud in the state. The President’s team filed a complaint claiming that about 10,000 people who voted did not live in Nevada. Former Attorney General and Trump Campaign co-chair Adam Laxalt also said Thursday that the campaign believes there are “many” postal ballots from deceased people.
“We are not aware of any improper ballots that are being processed,” Gloria said.
Later on Thursday, the Nevada Republican Party announced that it had sent a criminal complaint to Attorney General William Barr for alleged election fraud.
“Our lawyers just sent a criminal referral to Attorney General William Barr for at least 3,062 cases of election fraud. We expect this number to increase significantly. Thousands of people have been identified who have apparently broken the law by casting their votes after moving from NV,” the Nevada party tweeted.