A Nevada judge rejected a lawsuit brought by Donald Trump’s reelection campaign and the state’s Republican party which seeks to halt early vote counting in Clark County— the state’s most populous county.
In the lawsuit, the Trump campaign claimed they were not given enough access to the ballot counting process and so they asked the judge to allow them to install their own cameras so they will be able to monitor all aspects of ballot counting.
District court Judge James Wilson denied their request.
“There is no evidence that any vote that should lawfully be counted has or will not be counted. There is no evidence that any vote that lawfully should not be counted has or will be counted. There is no evidence that any election worker did anything outside of the law, policy, or procedures,” he stated in his ruling.
Republicans also wanted Judge Wilson to stop the county from using Agillis, a signature matching software.
But Wilson ruled that the Republicans “failed to prove they have standing to bring their Agillis, observation, ballot handing or secrecy claims.”
Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford celebrated Monday’s ruling.
“The president’s deliberate attempts to undermine Nevada’s elections have failed yet again,” Ford said in a statement according to NPR. “Today’s ruling makes clear that there is a proper procedure to observe an election that even the president must follow, and it’s most certainly a victory for the constitutional rights of all Nevadans.”
Nevada Republican Party Chairman Michael McDonald called the ruling a “dark day in our state’s history, but our fight for a free, fair and transparent election is not over.”
He said the party has not yet decided if they will appeal to the Nevada Supreme Court.