The Nevada On November 14, the Supreme Court denied a request to stop the manual counting of ballots in a rural county.
The manual count, which takes place after all midterm ballots have been tallied with machines, is essentially a recount or audit, neither of which is permitted by state law, the official said. Brennan Center for Justice in an emergency motion In Monday.
“Unless the Court directs, this manual count will set a dangerous precedent for future elections by encouraging local officials to invent and implement their own vote-counting processes that violate voters’ constitutional right to a accurate election “as provided by law,” the group says.
The state’s highest court ruled within hours, dismissing the petition.
The court noted that the hand count was approved by the Nevada Secretary of State’s office, according to answer to the emergency motion of Acting Nye County Clerk Mark Kampf.
County officials also disagreed on what state law allows, saying a manual count that is not an audit or recount is not “expressly prohibited.”[ed]” By the law.
“After reviewing the petition and response, we conclude that the petitioner has not demonstrated that our extraordinary intervention is warranted at this time. after the deadline for secondary counting plans approved by the secretary,” the judges said.
“Furthermore, the Petitioner did not name the Secretary as a party to these original proceedings essentially challenging her actions or inactions in enforcing election laws. In these circumstances, we decline to exercise our discretion to consider this motion in brief, and we ORDER that the motion be DENIED,” they added.
Spokespersons for Nye County and Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske, a Republican, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Nye County began counting ballots by hand before the Nov. 8 midterms, enacting a plan approved by the County Board of Commissioners, but stopped on orders from Cegavske, who said that manual counting could not resume until after the polls close, according to a letter obtained by The Epoch Times.
On Nov. 4, Cegavske asked for more details on the plan to mitigate “significant risks” to integrity.
County workers resumed counting two days after the midterms.
The number of hands would be compared to the number of machines, said Kampf, another Republican, at the Las Vegas Review-Journal. He said he hoped voters would gain confidence through double-checking the results.