Nevada Office of Attorney General

11/20/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 11/20/2020 18:41

Attorney General Ford Issues Statement Announcing Victory in Legal Challenge to Nevada’s Election

Carson City, NV - Today, Attorney General Aaron D. Ford released a statement regarding a suit to throw out Nevada's recent election results. The emergency injunction sought to prevent Secretary of State Cegavske from certifying the results of the November 3rd general election, enjoin the presidential electors from casting their votes for President on December 12, 2020, and prevent any Nevada candidate from taking Office, based on the alleged unconstitutionality of Assembly Bill 4. Instead, the Plaintiffs sought a new election, which would disenfranchise Nevada's voters. Clark County District Court Judge Gloria Sturman held an expedited hearing today and denied the plaintiffs' request, ruling that the plaintiffs failed to show a likelihood of success on the merits of the case.

'An attempt to throw out the entire election and the legal votes of hundreds of thousands of Nevadans without legal justification undermines our election process and our democracy,' said Attorney General Aaron D. Ford. 'Assembly Bill 4 was enacted because of the coronavirus pandemic and proved to be successful in allowing thousands of citizens to vote and limit their potential exposure to the virus. All evidence shows that Nevada's election was fair, safe, and secure, and time and again, the Court has agreed. Nevadans voted and chose their president-elect. It's time to move on.'

Background

Earlier this year and in light of the global pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued guidancein advance of election day encouraging mail-in voting methods to minimize direct contact between voters and election workers and reduce crowding polling stations. In a Special Legislative Session, Assembly Bill 4was passed to send mail-in ballots to every active registered voter in Nevada and create options for Nevadans to vote in a manner consistent with public health concerns.

This is one of several election-related lawsuits filed by Sharron Angle and the Election Integrity Project. The plaintiffs filed a similar lawsuit on September 4, 2020, to prevent the election from taking place under Assembly Bill 4. That suit failed at both the District Court level and the Nevada Supreme Court.

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