DNC petitions court to intervene with Secretary of State in continued violation of citizens’ voting rights
Reno, NV, April 28, 2020 – A new bloc has emerged in True the Vote’s legal battle to protect Nevada’s voters, with the Democrat National Committee petitioning the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada to join with state election officials. True the Vote’s lawsuit argues against the secretary of state’s administrative fiat to force universal mail-in balloting, violating both the Nevada and United States Constitutions and leading to widespread, uncontrollable election fraud.
On March 24, 2020, supposedly in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Republican Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske bent to demands by Democrats and state administrators and announced a plan essentially to abolish in-person voting and conduct, instead, the June 9, 2020 primary election by universal mail-in balloting. According to the plan, all active registered voters in Nevada automatically will be mailed a primary-election ballot for mail-in voting. Voters are not required to take any action or steps, such as submitting an application, in order to receive a ballot, as required in traditional absentee balloting.
On April 16th, in a separate state court lawsuit, Nevada Democrats sued to force Secretary Cegavske to mail ballots to every name in the voter registry, not just active registrations. Additionally, they seek to weaken current state rules that invalidate ballots because of mismatched signatures and prohibit vote harvesting.
Now that Secretary Cegavske’s administrative fiat faces a legal challenge from True the Vote, the Democrats must support the Secretary’s anti-Constitutional actions in the federal court case so that they can then sue the Secretary in state court to further expand an agenda that will destroy the rights of Nevada voters and establish a legal precedent ripe for national application in November’s elections.
What neither the Republican Secretary of State or National and State Democrat Committees anticipated was legal opposition from citizens across Nevada who refuse to cede their Constitutional rights.
The final hearing on the merits of the federal case is scheduled for Wednesday, April 28th. The court ruling is expected before the end of the week. Should the court rule against the Nevada voters, True the Vote will immediately file with the US Court of Appeals.
“This is about preserving Constitutional rights and protecting election integrity” said True the Vote President Catherine Engelbrecht. “Nevada’s election laws already provide for absentee balloting, so voters who want to cast their ballot by mail can still do so. We are fighting to preserve options, to preserve checks and balances, to preserve integrity of process. Universal mail out of ballots to active and inactive voters, watering down security provisions, and encouraging unlimited ballot harvesting by special interests groups reads like a recipe for absolute and intentional election chaos.”
We’re asking all American voters to stand with us in defense of voters’ rights. Make no mistake, if we do not act now to preserve our liberties, they will be taken from us.”
James Bopp, Jr., of The Bopp Law Firm PC, lead counsel for the Nevada Voters, and General Counsel for True the Vote Voters’ Rights Initiative says: “There are national implications for voters nationwide. There is no precedent for such an extraordinary bureaucratic action to overturn laws passed laws by the Legislature to regulate voting in state elections and to put the bureaucrats in charge. Should these politicians succeed in Nevada, it would create a precedent for others to follow and to impose similarly unprotected and unrestricted voting procedures though bureaucratic fiat.”
True the Vote (TTV) is an IRS-designated 501(c)3 voters' rights organization, founded to inspire and equip volunteers for involvement at every stage of our electoral process. TTV empowers organizations and individuals across the nation to actively protect the rights of legitimate voters, regardless of their political party affiliation. For more information, please visit www.truethevote.org.