Judge Denies Trump's Last-Minute Lawsuit Over NV Polling Place Hours
The judge ruling on Donald Trump's Election Day lawsuit in Nevada denied a motion brought after a Clark County poll stayed open longer than its 'designated closing time' during the state's early voting period.
Judge Gloria Sturman said Trump's lawyers were asking for the preservation of evidence that Clark County already had a public obligation to preserve, therefore making the suit irrelevant. Sturman refused to issue an order in the case, saying that act could make the names of poll workers discoverable and open election workers up to harassment.
“Trump campaign petition asks to preserve early voting records," Clark County spokesperson Dan Kulin said in a statement. "This is required by state law & so it is something we are already doing.”
Trump's campaign on Monday had sued the registrar of voters in Clark County, alleging the polling station's late hours violated state law. The lawsuit asked that the county's ballots be kept separate pending any future legal challenges.
Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, asserted the later hours were granted in order to boost Democratic early-voting turnout.
Charles Muñoz, the Trump campaign's Nevada State Director, alleged that Clark County employees were facilitating "illegal activity."
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The Donald Trump campaign sued the registrar of voters in Clark County, Nevada, over a polling place in Las Vegas that remained open “two hours beyond the designated closing time.”
Nevada state law says voters who are in line when the polls close at 8:00 p.m. must be allowed to cast their ballots.
The lawsuit says election officials violated that law because they allowed people to join the line after 8:00 p.m. at a polling location.
County spokesman Dan Kulin, told CNN that none of the early voting sites extended their hours, but they did remain open for anyone who was in line at closing time.
The lawsuit, which was filed in a Nevada state court on Monday, asks that the county's ballots be kept separate pending any future legal challenges.
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