Nevada Judge James Russell ruled against a Trump campaign legal challenge to the state’s election results on Friday, but acknowledged that whichever side lost the case would likely appeal it to the state Supreme Court, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.
Russell, a district judge from Carson City, heard arguments from both sides before issuing his ruling. The Trump campaign argued that Clark County election staff declined to address 40,000 instances of double voting and thousands more involving dead voters and voters who no longer live in the state.
Democrats argued that voters who died between early voting and Election Day should have their votes counted, and that Trump’s team failed to provide sufficient evidence of fraud to overturn the results.
Ultimately, Russell ruled that the Trump campaign had not linked any of the illegal votes to specific voters, something that the campaign said is impossible to do.
Case to be appealed
“Contestants did not prove under any standard of proof that any illegal votes were cast and counted, or legal votes were not counted at all, for any other improper or illegal reason, nor in an amount equal to or greater than 33,596, or otherwise in an amount sufficient to raise reasonable doubt as to the outcome of the election,” Russell wrote in the order.
Nevada Republicans said they will appeal the ruling. “President Donald J. Trump’s Nevada electors will immediately appeal this denial to the Nevada Supreme Court,” party spokeswoman Jessica Hanson said.
The purpose of the suit was to block Democratic electors from casting their votes for Democratic nominee Joe Biden because of the fraud.
“Tens of thousands of ineligible and fraudulent votes were cast in Nevada,” Trump campaign attorney Jesse Binnall said. “We’re talking about people who moved out of Nevada and are still voting here.”
Binnall blamed some of the fraudulent voting on the state’s failure to clean up voter rolls.
Nothing to see here
Nevada’s Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske (R) said she hasn’t seen evidence of widespread voter fraud in the state, according to The Record-Courier.
The Trump campaign’s lawsuits are putting state officials in a difficult position.
Do they admit there was voter fraud going on right under their noses, or do they dig in and defend their reputation?