INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — The Nevada Secretary of State has denied a request from Frank Wright to redo the IVGID primary for the Nov. 4 general election.
Wright, who finished sixth in the Incline Village General Improvement District trustee race in June, filed a complaint with the state after a mailing error prevented residents with a Crystal Bay zip code from receiving sample primary ballots in May.
While Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller called the snafu on behalf of Washoe County “unfortunate,” he informed Wright in an Aug. 14 letter that “no further action will be taken on this matter, and this file is now closed.”
According to previous reports, the error came when the vendor Washoe County contracts with to handle mailing — a Rochester, N.Y.-based company called Complemar — mistakenly identified Crystal Bay voters as having moved out of the county.
In all, 324 registered voters with a 89402 zip code — including Wright — did not receive a sample ballot prior to the June 10 primary.
“(The error) was not determined subjectively nor as a result of purposeful negligence,” Luanne Cutler, the county’s Registrar of Voters, wrote in an Aug. 13 report to the Nevada SOS. “It was extremely unfortunate that this happened, and we will take the necessary steps to avoid any large group from being excluded … this process has been in place for many years and until now, without error.”
Wright asked for a new election because, according to Nevada law, registered voters are supposed to receive a “sample ballot which is accurate, informative and delivered in a timely manner.”
According to the state, Crystal Bay’s voter turnout in the June 10 primary was “in line with previous elections.” Further, residents who called the county were “immediately” sent sample ballots, while others obtained them from the county elections website.
Both the county and Complemar are increasing quality control measures to ensure this type of error doesn’t happen again, Cutler said.
“We understand Mr. Wright’s position and share the regret that the Crystal Bay sample ballots did not arrive. Sadly, it did not come to light until it was too late to remedy,” she said.
Regarding the IVGID race, Kendra Wong, Shelia Leijon and Tim Callicrate cruised in the primary, capturing nearly 70 percent of the votes.
The race for the final spot in the general election was tight, however, with Robert Olmer (277 votes) edging Megan Lade (261) and Wright (245). Aaron Katz was last with 198 votes.
Wong, Leijon, Callicrate and Olmer are vying for two seats being vacated by outgoing trustees Joe Wolfe and Bruce Simonian.