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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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Supreme Court backs religious groups on New York coronavirus restrictions

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The U.S. Supreme Court ruled late Wednesday that restrictions previously imposed on New York places of worship by Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) during the coronavirus pandemic violated the First Amendment.

Why it matters: The decision in a 5-4 vote heralds the first significant action by the new President Trump-appointed conservative Justice Amy Coney Barrett, who cast the deciding vote in favor of the Catholic Church and Orthodox Jewish synagogues.

Court rejects Trump campaign's appeal in Pennsylvania case

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A federal appeals court on Friday unanimously rejected the Trump campaign's emergency appeal seeking to file a new lawsuit against Pennsylvania's election results, writing in a blistering ruling that the campaign's "claims have no merit."

Why it matters: It's another devastating blow to President Trump's sinking efforts to overturn the results of the election. Pennsylvania, which President-elect Joe Biden won by more than 80,000 votes, certified its results last week and is expected to award 20 electoral votes to Biden on Dec. 12.

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Belarus dictator Lukashenko says he'll leave post after new constitution

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Longtime Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko has said he will step down after a new constitution comes into force, according to Belarusian state media.

Why it matters: Lukashenko has faced three months of protests following a rigged election in August. He has promised to reform the constitution to reduce the near-absolute powers of the president, but has insisted that his strong hand is needed to see that process through.

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