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Nevada Judge Rejects Trump Early Voting Lawsuit

| by Robert Fowler

A Nevada judge has tossed out a lawsuit filed by Republican nominee Donald Trump's presidential campaign, which had accused a polling place in Las Vegas of staying open later than it legally should have.

On Nov. 8, Judge Gloria Sturman of the Clark County Court blasted the Trump campaign’s request to separate votes from a pile that had been counted by a polling place in Las Vegas, The Daily Beast reports.

Sturman rejected the lawsuit, citing that the poll workers’ names would be made public.

“I’m not going to expose people doing their civic duty helping their fellow citizens vote, that they are taking their personal time to preserve ... to public attention, ridicule and harassment,” Sturman said.

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The judge concluded that if the Nevada vote proved to be perilously close, then the ballots that the Trump campaign have questioned can be sifted through and then investigated.

The Trump campaign filed the lawsuit earlier that day, accusing Clark County of keeping early voting polling places open past their scheduled deadline on Nov. 4, NBC News reports.

A polling place in a Hispanic-majority neighborhood in Las Vegas remained open until 10 p.m., when its scheduled closing was supposed to be 7 p.m. Dan Kulin, a spokesman for Clark County, asserts that the polling place followed the rules.

“Nothing happened that wasn’t supposed to happen,” Kulin said. “Voters who were in line by the scheduled closing time were allowed to vote.”

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Legally, a polling place cannot turn away a voter if he or she is in line before the location’s deadline. Clark County’s official stance is that the polling place remained open for several hours past deadline because the line was already exceedingly long before 7 p.m.

The Trump campaign has contended that this is not the case and that voters who had missed the deadline were allowed to cast a ballot.

“Last night, in Clark County, they kept a poll open till 10 o’clock at night so a certain group could vote,” said Nevada GOP Chairman Michael McDonald, according to Politico. “Think this is a free or easy election?”

Latino turnout in Nevada has exceeded expectations this election season. Florida has also seen a surge. The number of Hispanics casting early ballots has exceeded turnout in 2012, and many of them are first-time voters.

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, a persistent critic of Trump, suggested that the GOP nominee’s controversial rhetoric may have activated a formidable new voting bloc.

“The story of this election may be the mobilization of the Hispanic vote,” Graham told The New York Times. “So Trump deserves the award for Hispanic turnout. He did more to get them out than any Democrat has ever done.”

Sources: The Daily BeastNBC News, The New York TimesPolitico / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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