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2019-2020 Election Cycle

Nevada Mail Ballot Machine Challenge #4

Rodimer v. Gloria

Lawsuit filed by a Republican congressional candidate requesting a new election based on allegations that the machines used to process vote-by-mail ballots were faulty. The Nevada State Democratic Party intervened in the case and the court granted their motion to dismiss.

2019-2020 Election Cycle

Nevada Mail Ballot Machine Challenge #3

Becker v. Cannizzaro

Lawsuit filed by Republican state senate candidate against the Democratic incumbent requesting a new election based on allegations that the machines used to process vote-by-mail ballots were faulty. The plaintiff voluntarily dismissed the case.

2019-2020 Election Cycle

Nevada Mail Ballot Machine Challenge #2

Marchant v. Gloria

Lawsuit filed by a Republican congressional candidate requesting a new election based on allegations that the machines used to process vote-by-mail ballots were faulty. The Nevada State Democratic Party intervened in the case and the court denied the plaintiff’s petition for a writ of mandamus and dismissed the case.

2019-2020 Election Cycle

Nevada Mail Ballot Machine Challenge #1

Becker v. Gloria

Lawsuit filed by a Republican state senate candidate requesting a new election based on allegations that the machines used to process vote-by-mail ballots were faulty. The DNC and Nevada State Democratic Party intervened in the case and the court granted their motion to dismiss.

2019-2020 Election Cycle

Nevada Vote Count Halt (Clark County)

Stokke v. Cegavske

Lawsuit filed by individual voters and Republican candidate committees challenging the use of mail ballot processing machines used in Clark County on the basis that its signature matching technology is faulty and seeking access to the ballot counting process. The DNC and Nevada State Democratic Party intervened in the case, pointing out that nearly identical lawsuits claiming voter fraud and illegal lack of access to view ballot counting had been tossed out days prior. The court denied the plaintiffs’ motion for injunctive relief and the plaintiffs voluntarily dismissed the case.

2019-2020 Election Cycle

Nevada Polling Place Extension

Trump v. Gloria

Lawsuit filed by the Trump Campaign and Nevada Republican Party asking the court to direct the Clark County Registrar to keep polls open an hour past normal closing times due to delays earlier in the day caused by technical problems. The court ordered the affected polling places to remain open until 8 p.m. and the plaintiffs voluntarily dismissed the case.

2019-2020 Election Cycle

Nevada Ballot Observation Intervention

Kraus v. Cegavske

Lawsuit filed by an individual voter, the Trump Campaign and Nevada Republican Party attempting to prohibit the processing and counting of ballots until “meaningful observation” of the process in Clark County is allowed. The district court denied the plaintiffs’ motion for a temporary restraining order, which they appealed to the state supreme court. The Nevada Supreme Court also denied the plaintiffs’ motion for injunctive relief. The parties reached a settlement agreement and the Nevada Supreme Court dismissed the appeal.

2020 Post-Election

Nevada Election Integrity Intervention

Election Integrity Project of Nevada v. Nevada

Lawsuit filed by right-wing organization Election Integrity Project of Nevada challenging the state’s plan to mail vote-by-mail ballots to all eligible voters ahead of the 2020 general election in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The court denied the plaintiffs’ request for a preliminary injunction enjoining the mailing of ballots. The plaintiffs unsuccessfully petitioned the Nevada Supreme Court and then filed for a second injunction in district court, which was also denied. The plaintiffs dismissed the case.

2019-2020 Election Cycle

Nevada RNC Intervention

Donald J. Trump for President v. Cegavske

Lawsuit filed by the Trump Campaign, RNC and Nevada Republican Party challenging a bill passed to address election procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic. The complaint alleges that the bill — which expanded mail-in ballot access, legalized ballot collection, provided cure standards for signature matching, required polling places on reservations and more — violated the Constitution and various federal statutes. The DNC, DCCC and Nevada State Democratic Party intervened in the case. The court granted the defendants’ motion to dismiss the case due to the plaintiffs’ lack of standing.

Impact

Nevada Recall Effort

Silberkraus v. Woodhouse

Lawsuit challenging the sufficiency of petitions to recall two state senators. The district court held, and the Nevada Supreme Court affirmed, that both recall petitions contained invalid signatures and therefore did not qualify and a special election did not need to be held.

Impact

Nevada Ballot Initiative

Prevent Sanctuary Cities v. Haley

Lawsuit filed by nonprofit organization Tu Casa Latina challenging a ballot initiative petition to amend the Nevada Constitution to prohibit sanctuary cities. The district court found that the initiative petition was invalid and the Nevada Supreme Court affirmed the district court’s invalidation of the petition.

Impact

Nevada Voter ID (Ballot Petition Challenge)

Alfaro v. Our Vote Nevada PAC

Lawsuit filed by individual voters challenging a ballot initiative petition to add a voter ID law for elections in Nevada. The court found that the petition was misleading in its description of the desired voter ID law and invalidated the petition.

Impact

Nevada Redistricting (2011)

Guy v. Miller

Lawsuit filed by individual voters after an impasse was existed regarding Nevada’s redistricting — all maps drawn by the Nevada Legislature were vetoed by the governor. The parties conceded that the existing legislative and congressional district maps were “unconstitutionally mal-apportioned,” and the court struck down the maps as invalid. The court approved new maps drawn by a group of non-partisan Special Masters.

2019-2020 Election Cycle

Nevada COVID-19 Election Relief

Corona v. Cegavske

Lawsuit filed on behalf of individual voters, the Nevada State Democratic Party, DNC, DCCC and Priorities USA ahead of the June 2020 primary election after the Nevada Secretary of State announced the election would be conducted entirely via mail-in ballots and opened only one polling location per county. The complaint argues that this plan left many Nevadans without a meaningful ability to vote as it excluded “inactive” but otherwise qualified voters and exacerbated already-existing restrictions such as the state’s ballot collection ban and signature matching rules in violation of the Nevada and U.S. Constitutions. The plaintiffs voluntarily dismissed the case after the legislature passed AB 4, which addressed all aspects of the 2020 primary and general elections.

2019-2020 Election Cycle

Nevada Vote by Mail Federal Intervention

Paher v. Cegavske

Lawsuit filed by individual voters seeking to shut down the all-mail election announced by the Nevada Secretary of State in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent public health crisis. The Nevada State Democratic Party, DNC, DCCC, Priorities USA and an individual voter successfully intervened in the case to support the Secretary’s decision and advocate for other election reforms. The court dismissed the case as moot after the primary elections had passed.