Trump sues Nevada over mail ballot law

 May 6, 2024

Former President Donald Trump has just sued the state of Nevada. 

Trump did so, according to the Washington Examinerto challenge the state's law for mail ballots. Trump is essentially arguing that the law needs to be thrown out.

The lawsuit will take place in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Nevada.

Trump has been joined in the lawsuit by the Republican National Committee (RNC) and by the Nevada Republican Party. And, in addition to Nevada, they name in the lawsuit Democratic Nevada Secretary of State Francisco Aguilar and the county clerks and registers of Washoe and Clark County.

Trump's problems with the Nevada law

One of the problems that Trump and his allies have with the law, according to the Daily Wire, is that it allows mail-in ballots to both arrive and be counted for up to four days after Election Day.

Another problem, according to the outlet, is that it "allows ballots with illegible postmarks to be counted."

Trump and his fellow Republicans maintain that this is a violation of federal law, that it compromises the integrity of the election, and that it disproportionately harms Republicans.

The lawsuit reads:

The result of Nevada’s violation of federal law is that timely, valid ballots are diluted by untimely, invalid ballots, which violates the rights of candidates, campaigns, and voters under federal law. Counting mail ballots received after Election Day doesn’t just dilute the valid ballots — it specifically and disproportionately harms Republican candidates and voters.

Accordingly, they want the courts to put an end to all of this.

"Unlawful scheme"

Aguilar has released a statement on the matter, but he refused to comment on the lawsuit.

"Our office will not comment on ongoing litigation, but I hope the RNC is putting as much time and energy into educating voters on how to participate in elections as they put into suing the state of Nevada," he said.

RNC Chair Michael, in his own statement, wrote, "Nevada’s ballot receipt deadline clearly violates federal law and undermines election integrity in the state."

"Ballots received days after Election Day should not be counted — the RNC and our partners are suing to secure an honest election, support Nevada voters, and oppose unlawful schemes," he added.

The Examiner reports that this is one of dozens of election lawsuits that Republicans are pursuing in states across the country. The aim of these lawsuits, in general, is to prevent a repeat of what happened in the 2020 election.

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