Trump Sues Nevada Over Law That Expands Voting by Mail

President Donald Trump's reelection campaign filed a lawsuit against Nevada on Tuesday, suing the state over its plans to offer mail-in ballots to all registered voters amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The lawsuit was submitted against Nevada's GOP Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske in the U.S. District Court of Nevada on behalf of the Trump reelection campaign, the Republican National Committee and the Nevada GOP.

"Put simply, the American people must be able to trust that the result [of the 2020 election] is the product of a free and fair election," the lawsuit reads. "Nevada's recently enacted election laws—collectively, AB4—fall far short of this standard."

The plaintiffs add that the RNC wants to prevent the election reform bill's "constitutionally problematic changes to Nevada election law," suggesting the shift in policy could "confuse voters" and create an incentive to stay clear of the polls.

President Donald Trump in Las Vegas, Nevada
Donald Trump delivers remarks at a Keep America Great rally in Las Vegas, Nevada, on February 21, 2020. Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

"AB4 forces the RNC to divert resources and spend significant amounts of money educating Nevada voters on those changes and encouraging them to still vote," the lawsuit adds.

The plaintiffs further argue that the AB4 bill would breach the Constitution by effectively extending the 2020 general election beyond the date set by Congress.

Newsweek has contacted the Trump campaign for further comment. This article will be updated with any response.

President Trump's reelection team filed the lawsuit in Nevada after Governor Steve Sisolak signed the AB4 bill into law on Monday, following party-line votes in Nevada's Assembly and Senate backing the plans.

The state Assembly backed the bill in a 29-12 vote, while the Senate approved the emergency mail-in voting plans 13-8.

After signing the bill into state law on Monday, Gov. Sisolak said: "During this global pandemic, I made a commitment that we'd do all we can to allow Nevadans to safely cast a ballot in the upcoming November election.

"This bill will help prevent Nevadans from experiencing the long lines at polling locations they faced during the Primary election, which will protect their safety, safeguard their right to make their voices heard, and help reduce the spread of COVID-19."

Responding to the ascent of the bill, the Nevada GOP planned protests against the new election measures in major cities on Tuesday—including Las Vegas, Reno and Carson City.

"With less than 100 days to go until Election Day, Nevada Democrats have upended November's election and changed the rules at the last possible minute," Nevada GOP Chairman Michael J. McDonald said in a statement.

President Trump has repeatedly railed against mail-in voting plans, making the unsupported argument that the system would spark mass fraud. He took a similar view on the Nevada plans.

"In an illegal late night coup, Nevada's clubhouse Governor made it impossible for Republicans to win the state," Trump tweeted this week. "Post Office could never handle the Traffic of Mail-In Votes without preparation. Using Covid to steal the state. See you in Court!"