Nevada: Republican Nat’l Committee Files Lawsuit To Prevent Counting Mail-In-Ballots After Election Day

Stickers that read “I Voted By Mail” sit on a table waiting to be stuffed into envelopes by absentee ballot election workers at the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections office in Charlotte, NC on September 4, 2020. (Photo by LOGAN CYRUS/AFP via Getty Images)

OAN’s Brooke Mallory
4:41 PM – Monday, May 6, 2024

In order to stop Nevada from counting mail-in votes received after Election Day—which the state’s current legislation allows—the Republican National Committee filed a federal lawsuit on Friday.


Democrats enacted a rule in 2021 that allows mail-in ballots to be counted up to four days after Election Day, as long as the envelopes are postmarked by the end of the day.

According to AP News, “the lawsuit also says the provision assumes that envelopes received three days after Election Day, that don’t have a postmark indicating otherwise, were posted in time.”

Republicans argue that this goes against the U.S. Constitution, which requires that Election Day be held on one single day.

“Nevada’s ballot receipt deadline clearly violates federal law and undermines election integrity in the state,” said RNC Chairman Michael Whatley in a statement. “Ballots received days after Election Day should not be counted.”

Republicans are also seeking to overturn laws in Mississippi and North Dakota that allow the tallying of ballots received after Election Day as well. This indicates the heightened level of activity surrounding election-related lawsuits as well as the party’s emphasis on election regulations.

However, Republicans are not the only party that has significant distrust for the electoral process.

“Among Democrats… [only] 30% say they are very confident in the U.S. election systems overall,ABC News reported in 2022, citing an Ipsos poll.

Votes received after Election Day are eligible to be counted in 19 states, including Nevada. Proponents of those regulations claim that they facilitate voting and guarantee that voters who mail in their ballots have the same amount of time to decide as those who vote in person on Election Day. Nevertheless, detractors maintain that this can slow results, easily be exploited, and erode public confidence in the system.

“I hope the RNC is putting as much time and energy into educating voters on how to participate in elections as they put into suing the state of Nevada,” said Francisco Aguilar, the state’s snooty Democrat secretary of state.

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