Ballots cast in the swing state of Nevada will not be subject to certain new anti-fraud measures after a judge rejected a demand from Republicans.
Judge James Wilson blocked a lawsuit filed by Nevada Republicans and the Trump campaign that sought to have security cameras installed in areas where votes are counted in order to provide “meaningful” observation of the process, according to The Hill.
The suit also asked that a method be created whereby mail-in ballots could be subject to challenges just as ballots cast in-person currently are. Additionally, Republicans requested that signature-verifying machines be put to use.
Judges claims there is “no evidence” of fraud
However, Wilson turned down both requests, with the Las Vegas Review-Journal quoting him as saying, “There is no evidence of any debasement or dilution of any citizen’s vote.”
“All Nevada voters have the right to choose to vote in-person or by mail-in. Voting in person and voting by mailing in the ballot are different and so the procedures are different,” he continued.
“There is no evidence that anything the State or Clark County have done creates two different classes of voters,” the judge went on to add.
What’s more, Wilson complained that county officials would be left with “relatively little time to assess, plan, modify, and implement procedures.”
Clark County spokesperson Dan Kulin welcomed the ruling, stating, “This is the busiest time of the year for the Election Department and we are glad to have another baseless lawsuit dismissed so quickly.”
No cameras in crucial swing area of state
The changes would have applied to Clark County, which is home to over 2.2 million people. With over 2 thirds of the state’s population, it will be critical in deciding which candidate claims Nevada’s 6 electoral college votes.
The state was carried twice by Republican President George W. Bush before being flipped by Democratic President Barack Obama. It has voted Democrat since, but by declining margins.
Obama won 55 percent of the vote there in 2008, a share that declined to 52 percent 4 years later. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton won it again in 2016, but this time only took 48 percent of the state’s ballots.
Along with Minnesota and New Hampshire, Nevada is considered to be one of the Democrat-leaning states that the president may have a shot at turning red.