NEVADA–(ENEWSPF)-November 8, 2016
It is Election Day and if you thought that Donald Trump would be any less of a dick today than any other day—you would be wrong.
Breaking: #Trump files Nevada voting lawsuit vs. Clark County Registrar, they allege, for keeping polls open “2 hours beyond..closing time"
— Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) November 8, 2016
Daniel Dale, Washington correspondent from Toronto Star:
Trump is formally challenging the early votes of the Hispanics in that long line in Vegas: https://t.co/wBmhCmlKI3
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) November 8, 2016
This is all based on the Republican Party’s accusations that the early voting polls in Clark County were kept open too late in Las Vegas. This is a bummer for Trump and other Republicans because it meant that a lot of people that aren’t old and white and angry and racist got a chance to vote.
On Friday, Clark County logged record-setting turnout. Democrats notched a six percentage point turnout lead statewide in two weeks of early voting. Nevada is critical to Trump’s chances of assembling an Electoral College majority.
Kellyanne Conway and Nevada GOP Chairman Michael McDonald planted the seeds of doubt a couple of days ago.
“Last night in Clark County they kept a poll open till 10 o’clock at night so a certain group could vote,” McDonald said at a Trump rally in Reno. “The polls are supposed to close at 7 p.m. This was kept open till 10 p.m. Yeah, you feel free right now? You think this is a free and easy election?”
McDonald appeared to be referring to an early voting site at Cardenas supermarket in the heavily Hispanic east Las Vegas neighborhood, which processed voters for about two hours after its posted closing time. Pictures of voter crowds there got attention on social media.
Clark County officials explained that the way voting works is that you have a line of people who are waiting to vote and then you let all of those people vote. The way you know you are done is that there is no more line. The Republican Party isn’t really into the concept of a democracy of the people, for the people and by the people.
You can watch the live feed of the hearing here. It’s been fun to watch with Trump’s “lawyers” wearing shiny suits and Judge Gloria Sturman seemingly furious with this orange circus show.
- Judge pointed out that nearly everything Trump campaign was asking to be done is already required of the Secretary of State by law with respect to preservation of records.
- On more than one occasion during the hearing, the judge said it seemed clear that Trump campaign was skipping steps they should have taken first with the Secry of State before walking into court.
- On preserving information about identity of poll workers at specific polling stations, the judge said it is up to Trump campaign to first seek that from Secry of State before trying to get a court to order it — especially since SOS may already preserve that information or may agree to. And the court will not risk creating a public record with the identities of these people and thus exposing them to potential harassment.
- Trump attorney in the end was asking the court to make sure the Secry of State preserved that information. Judge’s response: You don’t know if SOS already does that or is willing to do that or even if that information is needed for SOS to decide if any voting violations have occurred. And thus, you shouldn’t be here now; go through the administrative process first on that.
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