Recent reports have indicated that the Trump campaign has filed a lawsuit against the Clark County Registrar’s Office, following their decision to unlawfully extend voting hours. NBC reports that Nevada has a law that dictates that people who are waiting in line at the time polls close will still be allowed to vote.
The Trump campaign is alleging that the county permitted people to continue to vote, even when they arrived after polls had closed. Supposedly, voters were allowed to join the line well after 7:00PM — the intended closing time.
In the lawsuit, Trump’s lawyers stated, ““The Registrar’s violations were not random and neutral in their effect, but very much appear to be intentionally coordinated with Democratic activists in order to skew the vote unlawfully in favor of Democratic candidates.”
Trump’s campaign is claiming that on Friday, the last day of early voting, four Democrat-leaning counties wrongfully extended voting hours. A spokesperson for Clark County, Dan Kulin, told CNN that no voters were allowed to join lines after 7PM, but those who were in line at that time were allowed to cast their ballots — as the state law permits. Trump contends that people were allowed to continue to join the line and cast their vote well after the closing time had passed.
Michael McDonald, the state chairman of the Republican party, spoke before a Trump rally and stated, “Last night in Clark County they kept a poll open until 10 o’clock at night so a certain group could vote. It wasn’t in an area that normally has high transition. The polls are supposed to close at 7. This was kept open until 10. Yeah, you feel free right now? You think this is a free and easy election? That’s why it’s important.”
It is important, isn’t it? While some have sneered at Trump because he “thinks it’s worth challenging any violation in voting protocol,” those people are simply showing the world their true colors. If the tables were turned, would they be so quick to judge? Probably not. There are rules in place for a reason — and they should to be enforced regardless of political leanings.