Nevada releases more ballots, Biden extends lead

Mitch Kelly
November 05, 2020 - 12:45 pm

Las Vegas, NV (KXNT) - Not long after representatives of the Trump campaign and Nevada Republicans announced that they were filing a federal lawsuit to stop the count of mail-in ballots in Nevada, the Secretary of State released new numbers Thursday that showed Democratic challenger Joe Biden extending his narrow lead in the Silver State.

After vote tabulations were finished on Election Night, Biden held an 8,000 vote lead on Trump. The number increased to more than 11,000 votes on Thursday.  

State law allows the count of mail ballots postmarked on or before Election Day (November 3) and received no later than 5:00 pm on November 10. It is unknown how many ballots remain to be counted. Turnout for the general election was 67%.

All ballots in the state must be counted by November 12.

In Clark County, the most populous region of the state, Registrar of Voters Joe Gloria says the media will be briefed on new vote totals each morning until all votes are tallied.

About 30 minutes before Thursday's release of the new numbers, The Trump campaign and Nevada Republicans announced that it would be filing a lawsuit in federal district court asking a judge to stop the count of mail in ballots in Nevada, alleging that at thousands of people voted in Clark County that either no longer live here or were dead. There’s a 30-day residency requirement in Nevada or you can’t cast a vote here.

The Trump campaign says they’re filing the lawsuit to protect legal voters, saying Clark County officials aren’t answering their questions.

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