Nevada has become one of this year’s most hotly contested swing states, with no clear winner having been declared there in the presidential contest as of Friday. And while former Vice President Joe Biden maintains a small lead in the state over President Donald Trump, some are suggesting the vote count may not be legitimate.
Breitbart reports that the Nevada GOP has sent a criminal referral to the Department of Justice (DOJ) alleging more than 3,000 cases of what it has deemed “voter fraud.”
“Our lawyers just sent a criminal referral to [Attorney General Bill] Barr regarding at least 3,062 instances of voter fraud,” Nevada Republicans announced in a tweet Wednesday afternoon, according to Breitbart.
“We expect that number to grow substantially,” the Nevada GOP added. “Thousands of individuals have been identified who appear to have violated the law by casting ballots after they moved from [Nevada].”
Tallying the votes
As part of its referral, the Nevada GOP “sent Barr a list of voters identified by cross-checking voter registration names and addresses with the National Change of Address database,” The Hill reported Thursday.
According to The Hill, an official with the Justice Department later confirmed to The Washington Post that the DOJ is “looking into” the matter.
Breitbart noted in its own report that the referral from Nevada Republicans comes on the heels of a decision by the Trump campaign to file a lawsuit seeking to stop the counting of fraudulent votes in Nevada.
“We are confident that when all legal votes are tallied — and only legal votes are tallied — President Trump will win the state of Nevada,” former Trump National Intelligence Director Ric Grenell told Fox News, according to Breitbart.
Taking it to court
It’s a sentiment the president himself has echoed as his campaign puts up similar legal challenges across the country. According to CNBC, Trump’s campaign has also filed suit in states like Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Georgia.
Of course, a spokesperson for Joe Biden’s campaign has characterized the lawsuits as “meritless.” But in a tweet Friday, the president suggested they could make all the difference in who ultimately wins the White House this year.
“I had such a big lead in all of these states late into election night, only to see the leads miraculously disappear as the days went by,” Trump wrote.
He went on: “Perhaps these leads will return as our legal proceedings move forward!”