Former acting Director of National Intelligence Ric Grenell alleged Thursday that "the Harry Reid machine" played a starring role in non-residents voting in Nevada, adding that President Donald Trump's campaign has filed a lawsuit.
During a press conference in Las Vegas, Grenell and other officials announced their legal action, saying illegal voting practices have occurred in Nevada. Former Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt noted that "thousands of ballots" have been found "in trash cans in apartment buildings."
"The Harry Reid machine recklessly threw ballots into the mail, and now we cannot check whether or not there are non-residents, [of] which we have evidence, publicly available evidence, that you all in the media should be also looking at," Grenell said.
"It's publicly available information that non-residents have voted. There is a 30-day residency requirement in the state of Nevada. If you haven't been in the state for 30 days, it is illegal to vote."
Grenell added, "We are filing this federal lawsuit to protect legal voters. It is unacceptable in this country to have illegal votes counted, and that is what's happening in the state of Nevada. We've asked Clark County for answers, they have no answers. They continue to count illegal votes."
Laxalt, meanwhile, accused Democrats of setting up an "unclean" system in which all registered voters in Nevada received a ballot in the mail. That practice, he said, was poorly executed and is not being policed.
"We warned that the Democrats changed this election system. They gave us mail-in ballots, and despite the fact that there are examples of thousands of ballots being mailed across this valley in trash cans in apartment buildings, people getting as many as 18 ballots to their homes, we knew these rules were unclean," Laxalt said.
"We were told that signatures would save us from all fraud. But to date, we still have not been able to observe these signatures or meaningfully challenge a single ballot out of hundreds of thousands of [votes cast]."
The Trump campaign lawsuit will be filed in federal court and will ask that Nevada "stop the counting of improper votes," Laxalt told reporters.
Nevada is one of a handful of battleground states that could decide the presidency and has yet to be called after Tuesday's vote. Election law experts have said Trump's legal strategy is unlikely to have a decisive impact on the outcome of the election.
Trump has repeatedly said that he expects the Supreme Court, which has a 6-3 conservative majority, including three justices he appointed, to have a key role.
But it is unlikely the court would have the final word in any decisive way and any challenge would have to make its way through the usual court process, legal experts say.
In Pennsylvania, where Trump is narrowly leading but Biden is making gains, the Trump campaign and other Republicans have already filed various legal challenges.
An appeals court in Pennsylvania on Thursday ordered that Trump campaign officials be allowed to more closely observe ballot processing in Philadelphia. The campaign on Wednesday also filed lawsuits in Michigan and Georgia.
A judge dismissed the Georgia lawsuit on Thursday.
Material from Reuters was used in this report.
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