Donald Trump’s presidential campaign sued the state of Nevada on Tuesday and alleged that hundreds of voters in Clark County were illegally allowed to vote after early voting hours had ended.
Judge Gloria Sturman, who heard the campaign’s case on Tuesday afternoon, sounded highly skeptical of the lawsuit — and often seemed incredulous at the Trump camp’s claims and requests.
In particular, she couldn’t seem to believe that the Trump campaign was asking her to order Clark County officials to preserve early voting records from the date of November 4th 2016. Sturman answered this request by noting that officials are already obligated to preserve these records.
“What are you asking for?” she asked a Trump attorney at one point. “I can’t obligate him to do something he’s already obligated to do — he’s already obligated to do it!”
Sturman also blasted the Trump attorney’s request to make a list of poll workers available to be interviewed by the campaign’s attorneys to talk about when they cut off voting on Friday evening.
“I am not going to expose people doing their civic duty to help their fellow citizens vote to public attention, ridicule and harassment,” she shot back at him.
The Trump campaign wants to make names of Nevada poll workers public. Judge's response: pic.twitter.com/tes99IMbbH
— Deadspin (@Deadspin) November 8, 2016
Finally, she was flabbergasted that the Trump campaign really wanted Clark County to figure out which ballots were cast by people who allegedly entered the voting line after 8 p.m. on Friday, and then refuse to count them until the campaign had resolved its dispute with the state.
“There’s no way to do it,” she explained.
The judge ended up denying the campaign’s request to issue an order to preserve poll worker information for the campaign’s review. The judge also noted that all requests to preserve specific early voting information should be made to the Nevada secretary of state — and that the campaign didn’t even bother trying to contact the secretary of state’s office before barging into court.