Nevada’s top GOP candidate wants to eliminate mail-in voting, but has voted by mail multiple times



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The Republican candidate aiming to run in the Nevada election has called for an end to mail-in voting falsely claiming the voting method is full of fraud. But public voting records reviewed by CNN’s KFile show he voted by mail multiple times, while living in one state and voting in another.

Jim Marchant, the GOP candidate for Secretary of State, voted by mail in Florida in three elections — 2006, 2008 and 2010 — while living in Nevada. He moved to the Silver State in 2005, according to his secretary of state campaign bio, and didn’t vote there until 2012, according to public records.

It is not illegal to vote in one state while living in another. But the practice contradicts Marchant’s position against postal voting, which he has campaigned aggressively to abolish.

The Trump-endorsed candidate heads the Coalition for America’s First Secretary of State, a group of election deniers who seek state election posts regurgitating election conspiracies. Their platform calls for eliminating mail-in voting, implementing “aggressive voter cleanup” and moving to one-day voting.

Marchant voted by mail in Nevada’s 2018 special election and 2020 primary, in which he won the Republican nomination for the state’s 4th Congressional District. In that election, encouraged the voters using postal votes “make sure and follow the directions perfectly. We wouldn’t want your vote to be thrown out because of a mistake.’

A month later, however, Marchant falsely claimed voter fraud in the 2020 general election and falsely claimed to be a victim of voter fraud after Democratic Representative Steven Horsford lost his congressional bid.

In a statement, Rory McShane, a spokesman for Marchant’s campaign, told CNN: “This is a ridiculous story, while admitting that Mr. Marchant has followed all election rules and regulations, CNN is trying to make Mr. Marchant look bad to cover his liberal Democrat opponent.” Even reasonable measures such as voter identification are not allowed.”

Marchant, a former state assemblyman and businessman, is one of at least 11 GOP secretary of state candidates who have questioned the legitimacy of the 2020 election. He has indicated that he would not certify the 2020 election, even though that is a power given to him by the Nevada Supreme Court, not the secretary of state. However, the position has other effects on the election process, including working with local election officials to establish and enforce rules. Marchant will face Democrat Cisco Aguilar in November.

An examination of Marchant’s voting records reveals that Marchant was also registered to vote in two places at the same time, which some Republicans — including former President Donald Trump — mistakenly cited as evidence of fraud.

However, it is not illegal to be registered to vote in two states if the voter votes once in only one state and maintains residence in both states.

Marchant registered to vote online in Nevada in 2012, while he was registered to vote in Florida, but he only voted in Nevada elections. He removed himself from Florida’s voter roll in 2021.