Error prevented five from casting Indian Hills ballots |

Error prevented five from casting Indian Hills ballots

by Kurt Hildebrand

Five Indian Hills voters didn’t get to vote in November’s General Improvement District race because the Clerk’s Office didn’t show their addresses were inside the district.

Clerk-Treasurer Barbara Reed said Thursday the error was on the part of her office and had nothing to do with the new voting machines.

“We did discover that we had part of a street that should have been in Indian Hills but was not in the district,” she said. “After we were contacted, we did the research, identified where the error was, and went back to see who was affected.”

Reed said five early voters who should have been allowed to vote in the improvement district race did not get to cast ballots.

She said she was contacted during the election by improvement district board chairman Ron Kruse, who was defending his seat in the election.

Reed said that with Carson Valley’s growth, keeping up with which district or town residents are living in is sometimes a challenge.

“It has happened a few years before when the Gardnerville Ranchos had an area that was added, but the residents didn’t get onto the ballot,” she said. “As the towns and improvement districts extend, we don’t always get notification of annexation. We try to make sure we’ve got all the streets, but every once in while we miss one.”

She said voters who believe they are in a district or town, but do not see the race on their ballot should call before they vote.

In a letter to the editor, Indian Hills resident Stuart Posselt said he contacted the Clerk’s office after he voted.

“If you get a sample ballot and you don’t think it’s right, give us a call and let us know,” she said.

This was the first year Nevada used touch-screen voting, however the Indian Hills issue was the result of human error.

Reed is preparing for another major conversion next year when the entire state will use a single company to operate its voter registration system.

A $4.6 million contract was awarded to Convansys Corp. and PCC Technology Group to build a statewide voter registration system for Nevada.

The Help America Vote Act approved by Congress in 2002 mandated that each state have statewide voter registration in place by January 2006. The majority of the contract will be paid by federal funds.

Secretary of State Dean Heller said the Convansys/PCC bid was selected because they have successfully implemented similar systems in four other states. In addition, he said they offered the lowest bid price.

The statewide system will replace the independent voter registration systems now operated by each of Nevada’s 17 counties and enable creation of a central database of all voters in the Secretary of State’s Office.

“I’m hoping it all goes smoothly,” she said. “But any conversion, I’ve ever been involved with never goes 100 percent.”