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Clark County registrar gives ballot-counting testimony following Trump campaign lawsuit

Trump camp, GOP lose bid to stop Vegas-area ballot count
Election 2020 Nevada
Posted at 10:31 AM, Nov 02, 2020

LAS VEGAS (AP, KTNV) — Clark County Registrar Joe Gloria is testifying in court Monday afternoon for a lawsuit filed by the Trump campaign and Nevada GOP related to the counting process.

Watch Gloria's testimony below or on our Facebook page here.

They want the state to stop using computers to verify voter signatures on ballots.

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Gloria says if the county were to do that, it would require more staff and votes wouldn't be counted on time.

It's unclear when a judge will make his decision on this matter or how this could impact our election process.

Earlier today, a Nevada judge denied a courtroom bid by the Trump campaign and state Republicans to stop the count of mail-in ballots in Las Vegas, the state’s most populous and Democratic-leaning county.

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A co-chairman of the Trump campaign in Nevada said Monday an immediate appeal to the Nevada Supreme Court is being considered.

Judge James Wilson Jr. ruled that while state election law that was reshaped last summer due to the coronavirus pandemic, there's no evidence that one vote is getting more weight than another.

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Wilson heard a full day of arguments in the case last Wednesday in Carson City.

In his decision, the judge said the plaintiffs did not present the court with enough evidence to demonstrate any improper actions on behalf of Clark County Registrar Joe Gloria and Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske.

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Specifically, he found that:

  • "No evidence was presented that any party or witness wanted to challenge a vote or voter, or had his or her vote challenged" (pg. 5, lines 19-20)
  • "No evidence was presented that there was an error in matching a ballot signature..." (pg. 5, line 21)
  • "No evidence was presented that any election staff were biased or prejudiced for or against any party or candidate" (pg. 5 lines 24-25)
  • "Clark County uses an electronic ballot sorting system, Agilis." ... "No evidence was presented of any Agilis errors or inaccuracies. No evidence was presented that there is any indication of any error in Clark County's Agilis signature match rate." (pg. 3, line 25; pg. 4, lines 14-16)

Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford said in a statement following the ruling:

“The president’s deliberate attempts to undermine Nevada’s elections have failed yet again,” said AG Ford. “He has made every attempt to control the outcome of this election without any regard for the health and safety of residents or Nevada’s state laws designed to protect the sanctity of the ballot. Today’s ruling makes clear that there is a proper procedure to observe an election that even the president must follow, and it’s most certainly a victory for the constitutional rights of all Nevadans.”

“I would also like to applaud Secretary of State Cegavske’s commitment to ensuring that every Nevadan has the opportunity to vote in the upcoming election in a way that does not compromise the safety or efficiency of our election process. Her office has taken many steps to secure the safety of our elections and to work with local, state and federal law enforcement partners. Nevada has a history of running secure, fair elections and this year will be no different.”

Read the full decision here.

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