Nevada Judge Becomes Hero for Telling Trump Lawyer to “Sit Down” Over Absurd Voter Lawsuit

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Nevada Judge Becomes Hero for Telling Trump Lawyer to “Sit Down” Over Absurd Voter Lawsuit

What Nevada did was legal, but that isn’t stopping the Trump campaign from crying foul.
November 8, 2016 2:50 pm
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Not one to shy away from litigation, Donald Trump is suing the Clark County, Nevada, Registrar of Voters after a Las Vegas polling station stayed open until 10 P.M. on Friday night, CNN reporter Jim Sciutto first reported on Tuesday. According to the complaint, filed by the Trump campaign on Monday, the polling station stayed open two hours longer than it should have, and the campaign wants all voting machines and ballots involved to be set aside and not counted.

Clark County judge Gloria Sturman tore into Trump’s lawyers on Tuesday afternoon. “Are [the votes] not to be counted?” she asked, exasperated, to Trump’s lawyer during a hearing on Tuesday. “What are you saying? Why are we here? You want to preserve the poll data? That is offensive to me. Why don’t we wait to see if the secretary of state wants to do this?”

“I am not going to expose people doing their civic duty helping their fellow citizens vote, that they are taking their personal time to preserve … to public attention, ridicule, and harassment,” Sturman continued, before commanding Trump’s lawyer: “Thank you, sit down.”

Nevada law allows polling stations to remain open until everyone waiting in line has had a chance to vote. Officials from the County Registrar in Clark County, which is more than 30 percent Hispanic, observed and signed off on the decision, allowing a massive surge in voters who were in line by closing time to cast their ballots. But that did not sit well with Trump or with Michael McDonald, the chairman of the Nevada Republican Party. Onstage at a rally on Saturday in Reno, McDonald thundered, “Last night in Clark County, they kept a poll open till 10 o’clock so that a certain group could vote.” That “certain group” is doubtless a reference to Latinos, who reportedly turned out in droves to vote early for Clinton. (Preliminary numbers show Clark County—which represents about 70 percent of the vote in the state—is likely to deliver a sizable win for the Democratic candidate.) When Trump later took the stage, he cried foul too. “It’s being reported that certain key Democratic polling locations in Clark County were kept open for hours and hours beyond closing time to bus and bring democratic voters in,” he said. “Folks, it’s a rigged system. It’s a rigged system and we’re going to beat it. We’re going to beat it.”

Last week, the Nevada State Democratic Party filed a lawsuit of its own against Trump, as well as Trump associate Roger Stone and his Stop the Steal super-PAC, and the state Republican Party, over alleged voter intimidation in Nevada in violation of the Voting Rights Act and the Ku Klux Klan Act, both of which are intended to prevent people from threatening voters. “While the official discussed communications strategies designed to decrease interest in voting, it has also become clear in recent weeks that Trump has sought to advance his campaign’s goal of ‘voter suppression’ by using the loudest microphone in the nation to implore his supporters to engage in unlawful intimidation at Nevada polling places,” the complaint states.

Maya KosoffMaya Kosoff writes about tech for VF.com, with a focus on start-ups and venture capital.

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November 9, 2016 at 12:22 AM

A week ago, the Nevada State Democratic Party documented its very own claim against Trump, and Trump relate Roger Stone and his Stop the Steal super-PAC, and the state Republican Party, over affirmed voter terrorizing in Nevada infringing upon the Voting Rights Act and the Ku Klux Klan Act, both of which are expected to keep individuals from undermining voters. "While the authority talked about interchanges procedures intended to diminishing enthusiasm for voting, it has likewise turned out to be clear lately that Trump has looked to propel his battle's objective of 'voter concealment' by utilizing the loudest mouthpiece as a part of the country to entreat his supporters to take part in unlawful terrorizing at Nevada surveying places," the protestation states. http://www.textaloan.org.uk/

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