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Election recount underway in Nevada

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A Clark County "I Voted" sticker, shown in this undated photo. (FOX5) A Clark County "I Voted" sticker, shown in this undated photo. (FOX5)

Election workers started recounting ballots from last month's presidential election as Nevada joined several others states where a recount has been requested. 

The recount was requested by Roque "Rocky" De La Fuente, an independent candidate for president who finished with fewer than 1% of the votes in Nevada. De La Fuente said in a news release that the recount was to "balance out" other recounts in Midwestern states won by President-elect Donald Trump. De La Fuente's campaign did not respond to a request for a comment about the recount. 

"All recounts are important in that it gives that candidate's and regular voters the opportunity to request that we recount any contest they feel should be recounted," Clark County Registrar Joe Gloria said. 

Gloria said the recount effort will cost about $14,000, which De La Fuente will finance. Gloria said no taxpayer money will be used to count the ballots again. 

Twenty-five county employees will work with "some overtime" to recount the ballots in an effort that is required by law to be finished by Friday. Gloria expects the recount to be finished before then. 

Nevada's recount is a partial recount, meaning ballots cast in just 93 precincts will be recounted. 84 of those precincts are in Clark County. If partial recount results and the election day results differ by more than 1%, a full recount will commence. 

"Voting is important in every jurisdiction, and we are giving this candidate the opportunity to have us recount the votes and assure the votes comes out the same as it did on election night," Gloria said. 

This is the first recount in Clark County in 16 years. The last effort happened after the 2000 Nevada state senate election when Uri Clinton requested the recount after losing the election to long-time lawmaker Joe Neal. 

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