Nevada’s highest court issued a ruling Tuesday dismissing an appeal from President Donald Trump’s legal team to overturn the results of the 2020 election in the key battleground state.
Since then, the Trump campaign and its allies have put up a number of legal challenges seeking to nullify Biden’s apparent victory, which granted the Democrat all of Nevada’s six electoral votes, according to the Associated Press.
The Electoral College is set to vote on Monday, but Trump’s team has maintained that the fight isn’t over until Inauguration Day.
Nevada Supreme Court “not convinced”
According to Reuters, a lower court in Nevada first ruled last week “that the Trump campaign had not proven a claim that there had been a malfunction in voting devices and the contest between Trump and Biden had been manipulated.” And on Tuesday, the state’s highest court affirmed the decision.
“We also are not convinced that the district court erred in applying a burden of proof by clear and convincing evidence, as supported by the cases cited in the district court’s order,” the justices wrote in a 40-page ruling.
The order also claimed that there was no evidence to prove that “election workers authenticated, processed, or counted ballots that presented problems and irregularities under pressure from election officials;” that “election workers counted ballots with improper signatures that should have been rejected;” or that “illegal ballots were cast because the signature on the ballot envelope did not match the voter’s signature,” among other things.
The justices concluded that plaintiffs “failed to meet their burden to provide credible and relevant evidence” required to find the state’s election outcome invalid and thus, dismissed the case.
The battle rages on
According to The Hill, the high court’s ruling was met with praise from Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford, a Democrat who alleged in a tweet that the Trump team “never once presented sufficient evidence of widespread fraud.” The Nevada Republican Party, meanwhile, said it simply wasn’t given a chance to make its case.
“We were not afforded an opportunity to write our brief or argue the case in front of the Supreme Court,” a press release from the state GOP read, according to The Hill. “Full denial of legitimate due process and appellate rights is truly unprecedented, shocking and extraordinary.”
Other legal battles over the White House race are continuing to play out. According to Fox News, more than a dozen states have signed onto a lawsuit from Texas charging that states including Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Georgia illegally changed their election procedures ahead of the 2020 contest.
The Texas suit seeks to have the appointment of electors to the Electoral College delayed in those states via a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court. “The integrity of our elections is of critical importance to maintaining our republic, both today and in future elections,” Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt said of the suit, according to Fox.