Attorneys for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump filed suit in a Nevada court Monday demanding a judge order the Clark County, Nev., registrar of voters to conserve and partition ballots from four early-voting stations over concerns the county registrar, Joe P. Gloria, had kept early-vote polling stations open beyond authorization.
In her bench ruling early Tuesday, District Court for Clark County Nevada Judge Gloria Sturman, rejected Trump’s petition on the grounds Gloria is required by law to do precisely what Trump’s legal action requested.
“I can’t obligate him to do something he is already obligated to do,” the judge told attorneys representing Trump. “This is Election Day. He has other things to be doing.”
Although Trump attorneys contended Clark County allowed early voting polling places remain open for approximately two hours beyond designated closure time, Clark County spokesperson Dan Kulin told CNN no early voting station remains open past designated closure time.
Kulin added the county polling stations did attend to voters in line at closing time.
Following Sturman’s ruling, Clark County released a statement explaining the method of preserving vote records as “required by state law, and so it is something we are already doing.”
Other than typical long lines and malfunctioning voting machines, no voting irregularities were reported in Clark County. Civil rights organizations told Reuters, however, that about 20,000 voter complaints have been received, including accusations of intimidation in Florida and Pennsylvania.
“What we have noticed is an uptick in the number of voter intimidation and voter harassment incidents,” said Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law president Kristen Clarke, comparing Tuesday’s general election to events in 2012.
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