As Republican-backed recalls targeting a trio of Nevada state senators near the end of the signature-gathering period, Democrats are asking a federal court to halt the efforts before any special elections can be held. And while Democrats take the recall challenge to court, Republicans have accused anti-recall petitioners of using dirty tactics. Marc Elias, a prominent Democratic Party attorney who served as general counsel to former presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, and Bradley Schrager, former counsel for the Nevada Democratic Party, filed a request for a preliminary injunction in federal court in Las Vegas on Monday night asking the judge to stop the efforts to to oust state Sens. Joyce Woodhouse, D-Henderson, Patricia Farley, I-Las Vegas, and Nicole Cannizzarro, D-Las Vegas. The motion asked the court to hold an expedited hearing before Nov. 30.
The motion was filed as part of a lawsuit brought last month by Elias and Schrager on behalf of five voters in Southern Nevada, who claim that the recalls would put a burden on the plaintiffs’ right to vote and would “undermine a republican form of government by threatening to upend the undisputed results of legitimate and regularly scheduled election.”
Monday’s injunction request made similar claims, saying the recalls’ goals are purely political.