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Video: Nevada Judge Admonishes Trump's Lawyers Over Dumb Lawsuit
A Nevada judge tossed a lawsuit filed by the Donald Trump campaign on Monday night, which sought to preserve ballots and records from four early voting locations. Judge Gloria Sturman called the lawsuit premature and said the state registrar had "other things to be doing" on Election Day, according to the Las Vegas Sun.
The lawsuit also asked for the names of poll workers be preserved, to which the judge responded that they had a right to not be "harassed for doing their civic duty" from Twitter trolls:
The Trump campaign wants to make names of Nevada poll workers public. Judge's response: pic.twitter.com/tes99IMbbH
— Deadspin (@Deadspin) November 8, 2016
Ultimately, the lawsuit asked election officials to keep all documents pertaining to the election which, you know, they have to do anyway since all votes are counted:
Clark County statement on Trump lawsuit. pic.twitter.com/OUdZ6VjjN5— Jon Ralston (@RalstonReports) November 8, 2016
In their lawsuit, the Trump campaign said the four polling locations in Las Vegas were kept open late on Friday night, and thus the actions by officials "were not random and neutral in their effect, but very much appear to have been intentionally coordinated with Democratic activists in order to skew the vote unlawfully in favor of Democratic candidates." Clark County has a 30% Latino population, and experienced a high turnout for the Latino base during the early vote, which bodes well for Hillary Clinton.
Republicans have been making such claims since early voting started in Nevada. "Last night, in Clark County, they kept a poll open 'til 10 o'clock at night so a certain group [emphasis ours] could vote," said Michael McDonald, Nevada's chairman of the Republican Party, at a Trump rally on Saturday. "Yeah, you feel free right now? You think this is a free and easy election? That's why it's important."
Nevada officials told CNN that no polling places extended their closing time, but instead allowed people who were already in line when the polls closed to vote.
Polling in Nevada is close, but FiveThirtyEight currently gives Hillary Clinton a 58.3% chance.
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