As the battle for the White House continues, Republicans and Democrats continue to insist that their chose candidate won the election. Republicans are claiming that former Vice President Joe Biden’s lead is due to rampant voter fraud and both sides are locked in multiple legal battles in various states. On Thursday, the Nevada Republican Party announced that its lawyers sent a criminal referral to Attorney General William Barr alleging that at least 3,062 cases of voter fraud have been committed in the state.
“We expect that number to grow substantially,” the Nevada GOP wrote on Twitter Thursday evening. “Thousands of individuals have been identified who appear to have violated the law by casting ballots after they moved from NV.”
Our lawyers just sent a criminal referral to AG Barr regarding at least 3,062 instances of voter fraud. We expect that number to grow substantially. Thousands of individuals have been identified who appear to have violated the law by casting ballots after they moved from NV.
— Nevada GOP (@NVGOP) November 6, 2020
The referral came right after President Trump’s campaign announced that it was filing a lawsuit in the state over thousands of ballots that it claims were cast by voters no longer residing in Nevada. The attorneys sent Barr over 60 pages of voter records that they claim to have cross-referenced with the National Change of Address database.
In a letter sent to the attorney general, they wrote, “We write to bring to your attention criminal voter fraud in the State of Nevada in the 2020 general election. Specifically, we have initially identified 3,062 individuals who appear to have improperly cast mail ballots in the election.” they also stated that they expect the number to “grow substantially.”
They added, “Voter fraud is a serious federal felony, one that cuts to the heart of representative democracy. We understand that these are serious allegations and we do not make them lightly.”
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Nevada chimed in on the matter, noting that voters do not lose their eligibility if they leave the state temporarily. “The ACLU of Nevada is watching to be sure this election remains fair and we are prepared to fight if any serious cases are filed,” staff attorney Nikki Levy said in a statement posted on Twitter. However, it is not known whether or not these cases referred to people who left the state temporarily or permanently.
Richard Grenell, former acting director of national intelligence stated that “if you haven’t been in the state for 30 days it is illegal to vote … we are filing this lawsuit to protect legal voters.”
Trump was lagging behind former Vice President Joe Biden in Nevada as of early Friday morning by 11,400 votes with 84% of the ballots counted.
This is just one instance where the Trump campaign is challenging the results of the elections in battleground states. They are doing the same in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania. Biden’s legal team is also pushing back against the lawsuits filed by the Trump campaign.
Republicans have pointed to numerous examples of what they claim is proof of widespread voter fraud. However, so far, they have not yet shown that these instances are influencing the election. However, most of these cases will go to court; in fact, it is possible that the Supreme Court might have to sort this out. If Trump’s team can provide irrefutable evidence that voter fraud is swinging the election toward Biden, the president might have a chance to secure re-election.
As the battle goes on, the nation is kept wondering how this election will turn out. Unfortunately, since states like Arizona and others have not yet finished counting their votes and litigation is pending, it is unlikely that we will know the answer anytime soon.