The Trump campaign and Nevada Republican Party filed a lawsuit Friday requesting a pause in Clark County’s mail ballot counting until “proper procedures” for “meaningful observation” are in place.
The lawsuit — filed in Carson City District Court — names Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske, a Republican, and Joseph Gloria, Clark County’s Registrar of Voters, as the defendants. Fred Kraus, a registered voter in Clark County and volunteer poll watcher, is listed as a plaintiff in addition to the Trump campaign and Nevada GOP.
Kraus appears to be a former vice president and general counsel at the Venetian, a casino and resort property owned by GOP mega-donor Sheldon Adelson.
The lawsuit asks the judge to temporarily block ballot-counting procedures in populous Clark County until a “meaningful” poll and ballot-counting observation plan can be put in place by state election officials — a potentially major hitch in county plans to process the record number of mail votes expected to be cast in the 2020 election. Election officials are allowed to process mail ballots within 15 days of the election, which ensures a more rapid accounting of vote totals on Election Day after polls close and for any potential issues with a mail ballot to be addressed, or “cured” ahead of actual Election Day.
The same day the Trump campaign and Nevada Republican Party filed a lawsuit seeking to halt mail ballot counting in Clark County, a judge denied their request for a temporary restraining order.
That doesn’t mean the legal battle is over, though. Carson City District Court Judge James Wilson has scheduled an evidentiary hearing for Wednesday morning.