LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against Nevada that sought to block mail-in balloting in the 2020 general election.
Tha lawsuit brought by the campaign of President Donald Trump took aim at AB4, legislation that provided for mail-in balloting. The lawsuit named Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske.
Court documents filed Friday indicate Senior US District Judge James C. Mahan granted the defendant’s request to dismiss the lawsuit.
Assembly Bill 4, signed by Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak on Aug. 3, directs city and county election officials to mail paper ballots to all active registered voters in Nevada.
The Trump campaign filed the “instant suit” on Aug. 4, contending that the law could delay final election results. The lawsuit also argued that procedures set forth in the legislation followed no standards and would “facilitate fraud and other illegitimate voting practices.”
The judge found that the Trump campaign failed to establish the court’s jurisdiction in the matter because the campaign does not represent Nevada voters.
The court also ruled that portions of the lawsuit citing evidence of voter fraud were not specific to the circumstances in Nevada and relied on speculation.
Nevada State Democratic Party Chair William McCurdy II released a Monday statement hailing the ruling:
“Today is a win for democracy. Donald Trump and Republicans have been hell bent on limiting voting options for one clear reason: Republicans will lose if more Nevadans vote in this election. Democrats prioritized Nevadans’ voting rights by passing Assembly Bill 4, legislation that ensures voters have options to make their voice heard even in the midst of a global pandemic.
McCurdy lauded Democrats’ efforts to educate voters through a bilingual website and hotline.