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Judge dumps Trump’s lawsuit over Las Vegas polling location

Trump's campaign sued even when election officials did their job and followed the law.


Dell Cameron


Posted on Nov 8, 2016   Updated on May 25, 2021, 3:19 pm CDT

A Nevada judge on Tuesday tossed out a lawsuit brought last week by the campaign of Donald Trump, which had complained election officials at a Las Vegas polling location had allowed voters to cast ballots after a deadline.

Trump’s lawsuit is erroneous: Nevada state law dictates that voters who are already in line by 8pm—the deadline at the early voting location—must be allowed to vote, regardless of how long it takes. Trump’s lawyers had request from the court access to records from the polling location, Cardenas Market, images from which went viral last week depicting a record high turnout of Latino voters.

It is expected Latino voters will punish the Republican candidate heavily for remarks Trump made early on in his campaign, portraying Mexican immigrants as drug mules, criminals, and rapists. 

Trump’s campaign had also requested access to information about poll workers, Reuters reports. Eighth Judicial District Court Judge Gloria Sturman said she was concerned releasing the information would lead to harassment of the election officials.

“Have you watched Twitter?” Sturman said. “Do you watch any cable news shows? People can get information and harass them.” 

In response to the ruling, Democrat Hillary Clinton‘s campaign labeled Trump’s lawsuit a “desperate response” to record turnout of Latino voters. 

The lawsuit has been used some news outlets to illustrate how, if Trump does lose the election to Clinton, he is unlikely to concede graciously. 

Read the full report from Reuters

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*First Published: Nov 8, 2016, 7:33 pm CST