Update: Carson District Judge Todd Russell throws out election challenge

Trump merchandise on sale in Gardnerville on Nov. 2. Douglas County voted for the President.

Trump merchandise on sale in Gardnerville on Nov. 2. Douglas County voted for the President.

A challenge to the results of the Nov. 3 election was dismissed by Carson District Judge Todd Russell on Friday after a Thursday hearing.

Nevada Republicans said they will appeal the decision to the Nevada Supreme Court.

"President Donald J. Trump's Nevada Elector's will immediately appeal this denial to the Nevada Supreme Court," Party Spokeswoman Jessica Hanson said.

A week after the Nevada Supreme Court canvassed the 2020 Election and the governor submitted the names of presidential electors for Joe Biden, a Carson City judge heard a challenge claiming fraud in the election.

According to the Nevada Secretary of State’s Office, Biden defeated President Donald Trump 703,486 to 669,890.

An attorney challenging the election results said he has hard evidence thousands of people voted in the election did so fraudulently.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the six Trump electors seeking to block electors for Joe Biden from claiming Nevada’s Electoral College votes.

“Tens of thousands of ineligible and fraudulent votes were cast in Nevada,” said Trump campaign attorney Jesse Binnall. “We’re talking about people who moved out of Nevada and are still voting here.”

Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske, a Republican, has said she has seen no evidence of massive fraud in Nevada’s election.

Binnall said he has found multiple instances where more than one ballot was delivered to a single address, giving some one the chance to vote more than once.

He said they believe that happened thousands of times and that, “some people gave in to the temptation and voted twice.”

In significant part, he blamed the failure to clean up the voter rolls to exclude people not eligible to vote in Nevada.

At least one Douglas County voter said he received a mailed ballot from a neighbor’s home, which he walked over to her.

Douglas Clerk-Treasurer Kathy Lewis, a Republican, said her office verified signatures of voters who mailed or dropped off the ballots they received in the mail to ensure someone wasn’t voting someone else’s ballot or voted twice.

Of Nevada’s 17 counties, 15 voted to re-elect the president, but that was insufficient to overcome the state’s two largest counties, Clark and Washoe.

In Douglas County, the president received 21,630 votes to Biden’s 11,571. According to registration figures, there are 21,210 active Republican voters in the county and 8,717 Democrats.

Douglas experienced an 87.78 percent turnout, according to the state with a record 34,163 voters casting a ballot.

It was the third highest turnout in the state, following Humboldt County with 88.75 percent and Eureka County with 88.2 percent.


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