Donald Trump has already sued over a voting dispute in Nevada. Settle in, folks.
Look, we all knew The Donald wouldn’t leave quietly. On Monday night, Donald Trump’s legal team sued over an alleged voting dispute in Nevada, asking that early voter ballots be kept separate from other ballots. The Trump campaign was pissed the county registrar allowed people already in line at early voting sites in Clark County, Nevada at closing time to vote, claiming the county kept the voting locations open past their designated hours. You see, this allowed more people (specifically, more Hispanic people) to vote, which Trump knows isn’t in his favor.
Judge Gloria Sturman quickly shot down the Trump campaign at an emergency hearing Tuesday, saying, “I am not ordering [the county registrar] to preserve anything. This is Election Day. He has other things to be doing.” She went on to add, “I am not going to expose people doing their civic duty to help people vote … to public attention, ridicule, and harassment. I’m not going to do it.”
She knows full well what the alt-right would do to poll workers even remotely accused of rigging the election, and when Trump’s lawyer insisted no one would be harassed, she asked him, clearly annoyed, “How can you tell me that? Do you watch Twitter? Have you watched any cable news show?”
Nevada is a battleground state, which means Trump and Hillary Clinton will both be watching it closely. However, the Trump campaign jumped the gun and claimed a “rigged election” too early. The county insists the early voting sites weren’t open longer than they were supposed to be, but simply let people already in line at closing time cast their votes. In fact, most states require this by law to allow as many Americans to vote as possible, since, you know, this is a democracy and all.
Trump suggested at the last debate that he wouldn’t accept a defeat if Clinton wins the election, and his “rigged election” rhetoric has set up his supporters to back him in claiming a contesting election. In order to do so, he’ll have to question voting practices on the state level, as he’s already tried to do in Nevada. If he continues to contest the election after Tuesday night, he’ll have six weeks to complete any recounts or come up with any proof of fraud. However, most states will require evidence that something went awry before doing anything, so he could continue to be slammed down like in Nevada.
Of course he won’t just let this end.