A federal judge on Friday dismissed the lawsuit of Republican congressional candidates seeking to change the signature verification procedures used for processing ballots in Nevada.
Judge Andrew Gordon of the US District Court for Nevada said the prohibition sought by two GOP candidates in Clark County, the most populous in the state, would unnecessarily delay the counting of votes that have become the subject of a national vote in recent times.
Gordon, who was appointed by former President Obama, said at the end of the two-hour hearing on Friday evening, “The public interest is not in favor of the processing of ballots and obstructing the completion of counting.”
The lawsuit was filed this week by the Trump campaign, amid an effort to suspect ongoing votes in a handful of states that there is still not a projected winner.
It was filed by congressional campaigns for two Nevada Republicans – Jim Merchant and Dan Rodimer – and on behalf of a voter who alleged he was turned away from voting in person because with his signature earlier Only one ballot was mailed.
The lawsuit, filed against the Republican secretary of state, accused Clark County of illegally using a computer program called Agilis to verify ballet signatures.
But Gordon did not provide sufficient evidence to the plaintiff on Friday that he had held him responsible for the allegations Agilis had made.
“Why do I have extraordinary relief if you don’t have evidence that supports the possibility of success on merit?” The judge asked the campaign counsel.
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A lawyer representing Clark County, which is home to Las Vegas, told the court Friday that election officials still have about 63,000 mail-in ballots that have been left out in the process.