With people lined up to vote across Nevada and the country, President Donald Trump’s campaign and the state GOP filed new election-related legal challenges in the Silver State Tuesday, appealing an earlier ruling to the state Supreme Court and filing a new lawsuit seeking a one-hour extension of polling hours due to problems when polls opened Tuesday morning.
Both lawsuits are specific to Clark County, the state’s heavily Democratic population center. With no strenuous opposition from Clark County or other parties in the case, District Judge Joe Hardy Jr. granted the order extending hours at affected polling sites.
In the appeal, the Trump campaign and Nevada Republicans sought reversal of a District Court judge’s ruling that rejected their challenge of mail-in ballot counting in Clark.
The Nevada Supreme Court issued an order on the appeal around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, denying the Trump campaign’s request for the court to stop Clark County from processing the mail-in ballots but agreeing to hear the expedited appeal, which would likely happen sometime next week.
The new case cited technical problems that delayed the start of voting at 22 Clark County locations by up to an hour Tuesday morning.
Polls in Nevada are typically open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day and remain open for voters who are in line at closing time. The GOP asked for closing to be extended by an hour, to 8 p.m., so that any voter in line at the later hour “will be