08/05/2020 | Press release | Archived content
WASHINGTON - The Republican National Committee, Donald J. Trump for President, Inc., and the Nevada Republican Party filed a lawsuit against the state of Nevada to stop the implementation of Assembly Bill 4 (AB4), which significantly changes the rules for the Silver State's November election and puts the democratic process at risk. This lawsuit is part of the RNC's continued efforts to fight back against Democrats' assault on the integrity of our elections.
'Democrats changed the rules of the game at the last minute to try and rig this election. They overturned a bipartisan ballot harvesting ban to allow strangers to pick up a ballot for anyone, including the most vulnerable to COVID-19, and have thrown out many important safeguards. Nevadans saw the dangers of automatically mailing ballots during their June primary. The integrity of the election was at risk then, and it is even more so now. AB4 will destroy the confidence every voter deserves to have in our elections.'- RNC Chairman Ronna McDaniel
'Democrats know President Trump is gaining ground in Nevada, so they fully and fundamentally overhauled Nevada's election laws in a rushed 72-hour attempt to rig the election. This unconstitutional legislation implements the exact universal vote-by-mail system President Trump has been warning against for months, making it nearly impossible for every Nevada voter's ballot to count. Nevada Democrats are allowing ballots cast after Election Day to count, practically inviting Nevada's elected liberal leaders to hold the election open until their political operatives harvest enough ballots to swing the election in their favor-ultimately delaying the election. President Trump will not stand for this attack on election integrity, and he is fighting to protect Nevada's right to vote.' - Jenna Ellis, Trump 2020 Senior Legal Adviser
'The Nevada Republican Party is proud to stand with the hundreds of thousands of Nevadans that will vote in November. They deserve to have faith in the results. We are honored to join the other interested parties in this lawsuit and are committed to protecting Nevada from the threat of voter fraud.' - Nevada Republican Party Chairman Michael J. McDonald
With less than 100 days until Election Day, Governor Sisolak and the Democrat-led Legislature used the cover of the COVID-19 pandemic to introduce and pass AB4 in less than 72 hours, and with little public notice. The legislation forces country registrars to mail ballots to all registered voters, legalizes ballot harvesting, allows for the potential of counting two mail ballots returned in one envelope, and lets ballots be counted if they arrive days after Election Day with no postmark. Additionally, this law could have ramifications far beyond 2020 as the new provisions will apply to any election held during a declared emergency or state of disaster, defined in the bill as an 'affected election.'
Nevada's top election official, Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske, was not consulted on AB4 and only received a copy of it an hour before it was heard in the Assembly. Cegavske had previously released her plan to allow Nevadans to vote safely, and testified to the legislature that ballot harvesting would be 'devastating ' to the Silver State.
The RNC, Trump Campaign, and Nevada Republican Party are suing the State of Nevada over several provisions of AB4 that violate the United States Constitution. For example:
You can view the filing here.
Until June's disastrous primary in Nevada, the state had never automatically mailed ballots without real voters requesting it. By sending live ballots to hundreds of thousands of voters who did not even request them, excess ballots piled up in public trash cans and were found strewn about Las Vegas apartment complexes, even forcing a postal worker to say 'something stinks here.' Nevada is already an absentee friendly state that makes it easy for individuals to vote, yet Democrats continue to try and change the rules for their partisan benefits.
The RNC continues to fight back against the Democrats' assault on the integrity of our elections by intervening in left-wing backed lawsuits across the country. Recently, the RNC intervened in Iowa to prevent third parties from filling out personal information on absentee ballot requests. The RNC was handed a major victory when Priorities USA and the Democrat plaintiffs dismissed every substantive claim in Nielsen v. DeSantis, a radical lawsuit brought in Florida that among other things, sought to force Florida to count ballots that arrive after Election Day and strike down the state's ban on ballot harvesting. This comes on the heels of a victory in California when the RNC voluntary dismissed a case after defeating Governor Newsom's unconstitutional Executive Order that would destroy California's election integrity. Additionally, the RNC intervened to protect election integrity in Minnesota against Democrat attempts to remove ballot deadlines by Election Day and prevent the sending of ballots to inactive voters. The Republicans recently sued Clark County in Nevada for hiding evidence of a shady backroom election deal. The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania also recently handed Republicans a big victory, throwing out a left-wing lawsuit to allow ballots to be counted after Election Day. Similar radical lawsuits are being fought in states like Michigan, New Mexico, and Arizona. The RNC recently doubled its legal budget to $20 million to fight these efforts, and you can learn more at www.ProtectTheVote.com.ElectionsElection 2020Read more press releases