A Las Vegas judge tossed the case of a Republican Nevada Assembly candidate who challenged the results of a primary race she lost last month and wanted two precincts in the Moapa Valley area to cast their ballots once again. Judge Elissa Cadish dismissed a case Tuesday that was filed by Tina Trenner, one of six losing candidates who are challenging their election results. Trenner argued that errors on voter registration cards sent to people in the Logandale area in December could have caused confusion in the race, which she lost to Pahrump Assemblyman James Oscarson by 133 votes. “There was an error,” Cadish said. “However, I do not have evidence to demonstrate that those errors are sufficient to change the results.”
Cadish added that the court doesn’t have authority to call for the re-vote Trenner wanted. Nevada law allows county commissioners to call for a re-vote, but only in catastrophic situations that prevent people from casting their ballots, such as a fire that destroys a polling place, according to Oscarson lawyer Daniel Stewart.
Clark County elections officials said they had printed the wrong Assembly district number on 1,858 cards that were sent out this winter. The error emerged while officials were retooling their system to conform with a new law that calls for town board members to be elected.
They said the database errors were fixed in January, and sample ballots had the correct districts listed. Trenner said she heard from some people in the area that the registration card matter caused confusion, and she said she wasn’t confident in the accuracy of a database of potential voters that she was using.