Republican candidate for Nevada Senate Adam Laxalt feels like he is in a “great position” to win his race, which he leads with 90% of the votes counted.
With 49.4% of the vote, Laxalt announced that he does not believe his opponent, incumbent Democrat Senator Catherine Cortez Masto, will be able to catch up to him given the amount of remaining, uncounted ballots.
After election officials were recently flooded with thousands of mail-in ballots, the official results are not expected to be announced until after the weekend.
Across the state, counties are live streaming their ballot processing to maintain transparency throughout the election process. However, the live stream footage for Washoe County, Nevada’s second-most populous county, went offline Wednesday night at 11:24 pm and did not come back on until 8 am on Thursday.
A reporter from Reno, NV, Ben Margiott, tweeted about the blackout, saying,
“Looks like Washoe County’s live stream, which has been showing 4 angles of the ballot counting rooms, did go dark last night at 11:24p and stayed dark until just before 8a this morning.
We’ve reached out to Washoe County to ask what happened.”
Looks like Washoe County's live stream, which has been showing 4 angles of the ballot counting rooms, did go dark last night at 11:24p and stayed dark until just before 8a this morning.
— Ben Margiott (@BenMargiott) November 10, 2022
Washoe County acknowledged the blackout, tweeting,
“We know that our election live stream cameras went dark overnight. We investigated what happened and how to prevent it happening again.”
We know that our election livestream cameras went dark overnight. We investigated what happened and how to prevent it happening again. Learn more here: https://t.co/LT8OJkxX3L
— Washoe County (@washoecounty) November 10, 2022
On the county’s website, they detailed what had happened to the camera footage, saying that the “livestream computer application lost connection with the courtesy cameras.”
Explaining why the footage blackout occurred, the website states,
“The courtesy cameras are connected to a computer application designed for livestream events. They intermittently lose connection with the application. When this has happened before, such as on Election Night when one camera went dark, staff was able to see the disruption and restore it. These cameras are not security or surveillance grade cameras.”
In the future, the county officials said they will “look for a solution that would prevent software disruptions or simply not offer a courtesy livestream feed.”
So, moving forward, it seems like the county will do away with its transparency measures entirely.
The county has now released the surveillance video files from the blackout period, which are separated into seven downloadable files. They also assured voters that the “Washoe County security administrator has reviewed the building’s security cameras,” and can confirm that “no one entered the ballot room or Registrar’s Office during the time that the courtesy livestream was down.” At the time of the outage, it seems that all staff had left for the night.
They also pulled staff badge reports from the outage period to ensure no one entered the premises during that time, which no one apparently did.