Republican gubernatorial candidate Joey Gilbert, who has loudly and without evidence alleged massive voter fraud in Nevada’s 2022 primary election, has called for a statewide recount of a race he lost against Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo by about 26,000 votes, according to state election officials.
Assistant Secretary of State for Elections Mark Wlaschin said The Nevada Independent that Gilbert had filed the required documents and payment for the recount, and was the only candidate to request a statewide or multi-county recount shortly before Wednesday’s deadline to make such a request.
Wlaschin said all counties plan to start their recounts Thursday or Friday and have five days to complete it. A full list of other candidates who could have applied for resumption in all other jurisdictions was not immediately available.
Deputy Elko County Clerk Aly Guaman said his county’s recount is expected to take about a day. It will be done using electronic tabulating machines, not manual counting – a Gilbert possibility had suggested while discussing his recount options on an online show Tuesday with right-wing activist Robert Beadles.
A candidate asking for a recount must pay it, and Gilbert faces a total bill of just under $191,000 with all 17 counties combined. Washoe County spokeswoman Bethany Drysdale said the recount in Nevada’s second-largest county would cost $84,000, which includes staffing, overtime and weekend pay, the work of a certification committee and an on-site representative required from the Dominion voting machine company.
A letter calling for a recount in Washoe County also included demands from several additional Republican candidates who had failed in the primary election, including Washoe County Clerk’s nominee Kenji Otto, school board candidates Cathy Reyes, Melanie Sutton and Graeme Reid, and Assemblyman candidates Bret Delaire. and Gary Schmidt.
In Elko County, Gilbert won by about 20 percentage points from the nearly 5,500 votes cast in the Republican gubernatorial primary. Lombardo narrowly edged out Gilbert in Washoe County by about 300 votes.
Gilbert alleged a host of shortcomings in the primary election; his campaign says he believes “100% thinks he got the most votes” in the gubernatorial primary, and Beadles says he has information that has yet to be released that shows “Joey won astronomically”.
Below Nevada law, recounts can be requested within three business days of county or state canvassing. Any losing contestant can request a recount, but state law requires that they bear the cost of the recount, receiving a refund only if the recount changes the outcome in their favor.
According to Ballotpedia, only 31 recounts in races nationwide were requested between 2000 and 2019, and only three led to a reversal. All three races involved with extremely narrow margins of victory.
The most recent recount requests in Nevada did not change the race results. In 2020 Stavros Anthony, then a candidate for the Clark County Commission, asked for a recount after losing by just 10 votes to Democrat Ross Miller. The recount confirmed Miller’s victory, increasing his margin of victory from 10 to 30 votes.
This story was updated at 5:52 p.m. 6/29/22 to add the full cost of statewide recounts..