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Photo: Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images

A Nevada judge on Monday rejected a lawsuit from President Trump's re-election campaign that sought to temporarily halt the processing of mail-in ballots in Clark County, which includes Las Vegas.

Why it matters: The Trump campaign and Republicans have raised unsubstantiated doubts around voter registration and mail-in ballots across the country, with the lawsuit in the Democratic-leaning Clark County just the latest example. The president has baselessly claimed that mail-in ballots encourage fraud.

Details: Carson City District Court Judge James Wilson's decision allows Clark County to continue counting and processing the mail-in ballots submitted for the election without any delays.

Background: The lawsuit was filed last week, 11 days before the election.

  • The Trump campaign asked that ballot-counting be stopped, calling on the court to allow "meaningful" observation of the process and for a way to challenge mail-in ballots, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
  • The county argued that it was following the law, which requires observers to stay in certain areas, and that there were no issues with the signature-checking system.

What they're saying: "There is no evidence that any vote that should lawfully be counted has or will not be counted. There is no evidence that any vote that should lawfully not be counted has been or will be counted," the judge wrote in his decision.

  • "There is no evidence that any election worker did anything outside of the law, policy, or procedures."
  • "There is no evidence that anything the State or Clark County has done values one voter's vote over another's."

Nevada's Attorney General Aaron D. Ford celebrated the judge's decision, saying in a tweet, "I am immensely proud of the Nevada Attorney General Office for protecting Nevada's safe and secure elections and our rights to vote."

Go deeper: How the Supreme Court is handling election cases

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Chris Christie: Trump's legal challenges against election results have been "a national embarrassment"

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Sunday denounced a lack of evidence in President Trump's legal challenges against election results as "a national embarrassment," emphasizing that Trump has had his chance to prove allegations of widespread voter fraud in court.

The big picture: Despite the president's legal challenges in various states gaining little to no ground, only a handful of congressional Republicans have acknowledged Biden as president-elect.

Judge tosses Trump campaign bid to block Pennsylvania vote certification

Election workers count ballots at the Philadelphia Convention Center Photo: Chris McGrath/Getty Images

A judge in Pennsylvania on Saturday dismissed a Trump campaign lawsuit that sought to invalidate millions of votes and block the certification of President-elect Joe Biden's victory in the state.

Why it matters: The ruling is another blow to President Trump and his campaign as they seek to discredit election tallies in Pennsylvania and other key swing states, citing baseless and unproven claims of widespread voter fraud. Counties in Pennsylvania must certify their election totals and send them to secretary of the commonwealth by Monday.

Updated Nov 22, 2020 - Politics & Policy

GOP Sen. Pat Toomey: Trump has exhausted all plausible legal options

Sen. Pat Toomey during a Senate hearing in May. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) congratulated President-elect Joe Biden on his election win, saying in a statement, "President Trump has exhausted all plausible legal options to challenge the result of the presidential race in Pennsylvania."

Why it matters: Toomey made the announcement hours after a Republican judge in his home state dismissed a Trump campaign lawsuit that sought to block the certification of Pennsylvania's election results.

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