weather icon Clear

Ford pleased by judge’s rejection of election motion

Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford on Friday released a statement after Clark County District Judge Gloria Sturman denied a request for an emergency injunction that would have prevented Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske from certifying the results of the general election.

At the heart of the petition was the alleged unconstitutionality of Assembly Bill 4, which provided for mail-in ballots to every registered voter in Nevada.

That was passed in a special legislative session after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued guidance in advance of election day encouraging mail-in voting methods to minimize direct contact between voters and election workers and reduce crowding at polling stations.

The emergency injunction sought to enjoin the presidential electors from casting their votes for president and vice president when the Electoral College meets Dec. 12 and prevent any Nevada candidate from taking office.

Instead, the plaintiffs sought a new election. Sturman held an expedited hearing Friday and denied the plaintiffs’ request, ruling that the plaintiffs failed to show a likelihood of success on the merits of the case.

“An attempt to throw out the entire election and the legal votes of hundreds of thousands of Nevadans without legal justification undermines our election process and our democracy,” Ford said.

“Assembly Bill 4 was enacted because of the coronavirus pandemic and proved to be successful in allowing thousands of citizens to vote and limit their potential exposure to the virus.

“All evidence shows that Nevada’s election was fair, safe and secure, and time and again, the Court has agreed. Nevadans voted and chose their president-elect. It’s time to move on.”

This is one of several election-related lawsuits filed by Sharron Angle and the Election Integrity Project.

The plaintiffs filed a similar lawsuit on Sept. 4 to prevent the election from taking place under Assembly Bill 4. That suit failed at both the District Court level and the Nevada Supreme Court.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
STEVE SEBELIUS: Tell the truth, and shame the devil

President Donald Trump’s lies about the 2020 election are not harmless, and will cause more mayhem if people around the nation fail to accept the truth.

Modern castle in Esmeralda County has a buyer

The Hard Luck Mine Castle in Esmeralda County has entered into escrow, Brian Krueger, a senior vice president with Coldwell Banker Premier Realty and the agent selling the property, said.

IRS schedules opening of tax season for Feb. 12

The Internal Revenue Service announced that the nation’s tax season will start on Friday, Feb. 12, 2021, when the tax agency will begin accepting and processing 2020 tax year returns.

UNR forum to examine state’s business outlook

The College of Business at the University of Nevada, Reno, will host Vision 2021: The Nevada Economic Forecast on Friday, Jan. 22 as part of the college’s continued efforts to support the growth of the state’s economy.

1099 forms due for businesses on Feb. 1

The Internal Revenue Service reminded businesses and other payors that a revised 1099-MISC and a new 1099-NEC must be furnished by Feb. 1, 2021.

Nevada Humanities announces two memoirs

Nevada Humanities has announced it has selected two memoirs — “Miracle Country: A Memoir” by Kendra Atleework and “World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments” by Aimee Nezhukumatathil — for its statewide 2021 Nevada Reads program.

Circle K construction continues in Pahrump

Even in the midst of a global pandemic, progress is being made and development undertaken, with one example of the continual drive to push forward despite enormous challenges to be seen right here in Pahrump.