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On Friday, the Nevada Republican Party and President Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign filed a joint lawsuit against a Nevada County where early voting shenanigans have been reported.
The suit’s primary allegation is that Clark County has been preventing election watchers from conducting “meaningful observation” of voting, particularly as it relates to checking signatures.
“There has been great concern whether the rolls are clean and properly registered voters are the ones receiving ballots, signing them and mailing them back,” Trump for President Nevada co-chair Adam Laxalt reportedly said in a statement Friday.
He added, “All we want is to be part of the signature verification process and the ability to challenge a mail-in signature.”
Speaking on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” later that evening, he said that the problem as it pertains to signatures is two-fold.
First, the machines that process ballots in Clark County have had their signature accuracy threshold reduced from 80/90 percent to 40 percent. Second, if a bad ballot makes it through the machine, “there’s no way to challenge that.”
Listen to Laxalt’s remarks below:
“If that machine says it’s good, [the] ballot counts and there’s no way to challenge that signature or that ballot,” he said.
And even if the ballot fails to make it through the machine because less than 40 percent of the signature on it matches the signature on file, there’s still a chance of the ballot being counted.
“If it’s no good, it goes to a hand counter” who then gauges the legitimacy of the ballot without applying any standard or any criteria, Laxalt explained.
“He looks at two signatures on the envelope and on the voter file. Is it a match? Is it not a match? If he thinks it’s a match, it counts. If he doesn’t think of a match, it goes to two supervisors,” he continued.
“Same drill … [until it] ends with one man, the head of elections in Clark County. He doesn’t have anybody looking over shoulder, reviewing it with him. If he thinks it’s a match, then it counts.”
Thus far, only 1 percent of ballots have failed to make it through. To Laxalt, this rate seems suspiciously low.
“I think everybody assumes it should be a lot higher. What makes it really unbelievable is that once the ballot and the envelope are separated, there is no way to challenge that voter, to challenge that signature,” he continued.
“We can’t go back and retrieve that ballot. Even if Tucker Carlson says ‘I did not vote by mail, that was not my signature,’ after election day we can’t go back and not count that improper ballot.”
The suit filed Friday also reportedly accuses Clark County officials of rejecting a proposal to have video monitoring equipment installed at the county’s election headquarters.
View the suit below:
When filing the suit, the Nevada Republican Party and the president’s 2020 campaign also asked for a temporary restraining order to stop the counting of early ballots in Clark County. This request was denied.
Nevada Attorney General Aaron D. Ford, a Democrat, celebrated afterward with the following stunningly partisan tweet:
Again I say, we will always protect the right to vote, and we won’t let it be suppressed. https://t.co/5G4uxrJ9TT
— Aaron D. Ford (@AaronDFordNV) October 23, 2020
Nevada Democrat Party chair William McCurdy II meanwhile released a statement accusing the suit of perpetuating “voter suppression.”
“The demands articulated in the GOP’s lawsuit amount to voter suppression, plain and simple. Like the Trump campaign’s last attempt to interfere with Nevada’s election, this suit is nothing but a sham,” he reportedly said.
“Nevadans are tired of the GOP’s bad faith cowardice, and that is why they will remain laser-focused on rejecting Trump for the next eleven days.”
The term “voter suppression” is a pejorative coined by Democrats to smear GOP efforts to root out election fraud.
Virtually any time Republicans try to secure election integrity — be it by pushing for proper signature matching, calling for voter ID laws or just asking convicted felons to pay off their court fees before being allowed to vote — Democrats scream “voter suppression.”
But if efforts to secure election integrity are deemed “voter suppression,” what might be a proper word to describe the Democrats’ habitual attempts to weaken election integrity? Perhaps “fraud encouragement?”
Regardless, the happenings in Clark County provide just one of many examples of why the president has been so vocal in his opposition to universal mail-in ballots.
What is going in Nevada is unbelievable. Like my dad said there is no mail signature verification requirement! They are letting through 99% of the signatures for mail in ballots. https://t.co/GlRY0qvEC4
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) October 24, 2020
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