HomePoliticsNV GOP/TRUMP SUING REPUB BARBARA CEGASVKE FOR REFUSING TO ENFORCE ELECTION LAW Politics NV GOP/TRUMP SUING REPUB BARBARA CEGASVKE FOR REFUSING TO ENFORCE ELECTION LAW Oct. 23, 2020 Rob Lauer Political Reporter Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegasvke is refusing to enforce election law transparency, according Nevada GOP Chairman Michael J. McDonald and the Trump campaign. McDonald posted “The law is being broken! NRS 293B.353(1), is clear that local election officials “shall allow members of the general public to observe the counting of the ballots at the central counting place if those members do not interfere with the counting of the ballots.” In an open letter from President Trump and the NV GOP to the the Republican Secretary of State Barbara Cegasvke: Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. and the Nevada Republican Party sent a letter to Nevada’s Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske requesting she ensure transparency from the Clark County’s elections department after Registrar Joe Gloria prohibited the public from observing certain areas where ballots are being reviewed and handled in the county’s office. Additionally, Gloria has restricted observers within the office so that they cannot meaningfully observe the process. You can read the letter here. The Nevada Republican Party stands with President Trump and his fight for a fair, transparent election. Nevada law, NRS 293B.353(1), is clear that local election officials “shall allow members of the general public to observe the counting of the ballots at the central counting place if those members do not interfere with the counting of the ballots.” Gloria’s blatant disregard for accountability and transparency in the ballot counting process infringes on Nevadans’ right to observe its electoral process, and as the letter to Secretary Cegavske states, the Nevada Republican Party is prepared to remedy this issue in court if Clark County continues to break the law. “Clark County’s refusal to allow accountability and transparency into an election system that was created at the 11th hour, with less than 100 days until Election Day, weakens trust in the electoral process and puts the integrity of the results at risk,” said Nevada Republican Party Chairman Michael J. McDonald. “The public has a legal right to observe this process, and if Joe Gloria continues to refuse to allow that, we will be left with no other choice than legal relief.” Las Vegas Attorney Brian R. Hardy, Esq. ,representing the NV GOP, wrote: Clark County observers have noted multiple issues that have precluded them from engaging in meaningful observation including, but not limited to: 1. Observers are being prohibited from observing the totality of the process. There are certain areas where ballots are handled, reviewed, or the information therefrom is utilized to affirm whether a ballot will be counted, but Clark County has deemed these areas restricted and/or off limits to observers. One such area is the call center, which has been deemed by Clark County as “off limits.” Given that these ballot review processes are deemed necessary by Clark County in the counting of ballots, observers must be allowed to observe. Simply put, the only way to assure transparency in the process is to assure all parts of the process are subject to observation and scrutiny. 2. Engaging in Meaningful Observation. 3.Unfortunately, Clark County has positioned observers in such a manner that they cannot meaningfully observe. Notably, observers are often located more than 30 feet away from certain processes, cannot see the computer screens or monitors of individual workers, or observe calls made relative to the cure processes being engaged in by Clark County in the counting of ballots. Moreover, observers are required to be with “ambassadors” at all times, and there are not enough observers to allow consistent observation of the process. Without meaningful observation, there cannot be any assurance of transparency.