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Federal judge denies Trump campaign motion to stop Clark County ballot counting machine

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Jill Stokke is a plaintiff in a lawsuit over mail-in ballot counting in Clark County. (KSNV)

An emergency complaint has been filed in federal court against Nevada's Secretary of State and the Clark County Registrar of Voters.

They’re asking a federal judge to issue a temporary restraining order to change the way ballots are being counted.

A federal judge in Las Vegas is holding a telephonic hearing at 2 p.m. about a complaint asking to stop the use of Clark County's Agilis counting system, in favor of a manual count of each ballot by hand.

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The lawsuit is also asking for more “meaningful access” to the ballot counting process by observers.

The plaintiffs in the case include Jill Stokke, who claims she wanted to cast her ballot in person but was told she could not because a mail ballot was already submitted with her name and Chris Prudhome, an elections observer here in Clark County, who said he was not allowed to see ballots counted.

Registrar of Voters Joe Gloria said Stokke was given a chance to vote but when asked to provide a statement about what happened, she refused.

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Gloria also said without the Agilis system, the process of counting ballots would slow down dramatically.

The motion was denied, with the judge stating that the need to show "extraordinary relief" to stop the use of the signature verification machine in the county.

Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford tweeted following the decision, saying a full statement would be provided in the coming hours.

President Trump’s campaign has mounted legal challenges in Nevada in recent weeks with one reaching the state Supreme Court over very similar mail-in ballot counting in Clark County.

That case was just settled before it was ever heard with both parties agreeing to give more access to observers.

“The Republicans have communicated to our legal team that they’re willing to drop their suit if we would provide some additional locations in an area, we’re providing it as a courtesy,” Gloria said.

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