State of Nevada

Nevada Election Observer Rights (Beadles)

Beadles v. Cegavske

Lawsuit filed in state court on behalf of Washoe County, Nevada voters who are seeking an expansion of election observation in future elections. The plaintiffs argue that Nevada failed to offer opportunities for “meaningful observation” during the 2020 election cycle and the state does not plan to allow expanded observation and access in future elections, allegedly inhibiting the plaintiffs’ ability “to ensure the integrity of the upcoming elections” through observation. The lawsuit alleges that the inability to observe elections and ballot processing violates Nevada law and asks the court to grant relief in favor of the plaintiffs and other potential election observers in time for the state’s 2022 primary and general elections. Specifically, the plaintiffs ask that election observers are present at “every step of the election,” including at drop boxes and voting machines, and that they can inspect ballots to ensure that an election is “handled with transparency, integrity, and is done lawfully.” A hearing on the plaintiffs’ motion for a temporary restraining order is scheduled for May 25.

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