State of Nevada

Nevada GOP Primary Certification Challenge

Gilbert v. Sisolak

Lawsuit filed on behalf of Joey Gilbert — a Republican candidate for governor who lost the June 14 GOP primary election by 11% to Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombard — against Gov. Steve Sisolak (D), Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske (R) and other state and county election officials. The lawsuit challenges the results of the Republican primary election, alleging that the “votes as counted and as announced produce a mathematical and geometrically impossible result” and an “illegal geometric formula” was used to “alter the election results.” Gilbert cites mathematical formulas (attached in the statement of contest below) in support of his argument that the different vote percentages from the state’s three methods of voting are “mathematically disjoint.” Fact-checkers have categorically debunked these claims. Among other requests, Gilbert asks that the results of the Republican primary election be annulled, the certification of the election be denied and the alleged “illegal-geometry utilized in the count and recount of the vote be mathematically corrected.” According to the Associated Press, Gilbert was outside the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 insurrection and he campaigned on false claims that the 2020 election was stolen. On Aug. 10, the court issued a ruling on summary judgment which stated that Gilbert presented “no competent evidence” and ultimately denied Gilbert’s requests.

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