Officials in charge of counting votes for Nevada this past weekend officially confirmed that the series of cameras actively live-streaming the vote-counting areas on both Wednesday night and Thursday morning went down for a period of eight hours.
“We know that our election livestream cameras went dark overnight. We investigated what happened and how to prevent it happening again,” explained the Twitter account for Washoe County on Thursday evening.
It comes as no surprise that the tweet ended up going viral, spawning multiple thousands of reactions which included extreme concerning about election integrity.
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
“The livestream computer application lost connection with the courtesy cameras at 11:24 p.m. the evening of November 9,” the country explained via its website. “All staff had left for the night about 60 minutes earlier and did not arrive back at the office until 7 a.m. Connection was restored at 7:53 a.m. the morning of November 10.”
“The courtesy cameras are connected to a computer application designed for livestream events,” the post on the county’s site went on. “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.”
The county stated, in the wake of security footage being reviewed, “According to the Washoe County security administrator, that footage shows the parking garage, the hallway between the garage, and the entry doors to the Registrar’s Office. He has affirmed that no one entered the ballot room or Registrar’s Office during the time that the courtesy livestream was down.”
Most notably, one U.S. Senate race from Nevada was officially called for Democrats as of Saturday, which meant that the Republicans had outright failed to secure enough seats to bring back a majority due to ties being broken by the vice president.
The GOP was banking on one Republican, former state Attorney General Adam Laxalt, securing his race to flip the blue seat by knocking out incumbent Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto. Despite the previous polling highlighting Laxalt leading, the Republican ended up failing to win against the Democrat.
The GOP thought the race was a shoe in. While speaking during a Friday phone call for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham (SC) even went on to state, “There is no mathematical way Laxalt loses. If he does, then it’s a lie.”
Lindsey Graham suggested on NRSC call yesterday that fraud in NV would be the only way GOP loses.
“There is no mathematical way Laxalt loses,” Graham said. “If he does, then it’s a lie.” https://t.co/g4u15f6n7l
— Natalie Allison (@natalie_allison) November 11, 2022
Numerous questions regarding election integrity coming from both sides of the aisle have been prominent over the recent news cycles. The main issue is that the massive influx of vote-by-mail ballots has led to the counts being strung along for days or possibly weeks after the actual Election Day.