A federal judge in Clark County, Nevada on Friday denied a request by two Republican congressional candidates for a temporary restraining order that would bar the county from using a particular brand of ballot signature matching software.
Judge Daniel Albregts also denied a separate motion in the same lawsuit, this one asking the court to issue an official directive to Clark County demanding that it “allow meaningful access to the ballot counting process.”
Judge Albregts said there was “little to no evidence” that the Agilis software system had invalidated a ballot belonging to one of the individuals who was named in the suit.
He further ruled that the plaintiffs had not presented enough evidence that they were actually denied “meaningful access” to the ballot counting process to merit the injunction they sought.
“I should not usurp that proper law of state legislatures and re-write state election laws,” the judge said, according to NBC News’ Pete Williams.
The case was the latest in a string of election related lawsuits brought by Republicans this week in states where President Donald Trump is trailing Democrat Joe Biden. The suits aim to discredit aspects of the voting process, in order to sow doubts about the election outcome. Experts say nearly all the suits lack legal merit.