Clark County and Nevada election officials are asking a federal court judge to deny or throw out a preliminary stay of special Republican-backed recall elections targeting two state senators. In several filings submitted Thursday in a Las Vegas federal court, attorneys for Clark County Registrar of Voters Joe Gloria and Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske sharply criticized arguments made by Democratic attorneys seeking to block special elections of the targeted state senators — Democrats Joyce Woodhouse and Nicole Cannizzaro. An effort to recall Independent Sen. Patricia Farley fell short last week.
Democrats, led by prominent attorney Marc Elias, filed a federal lawsuit in October challenging the legality recall efforts on behalf of a handful of plaintiffs who live in the targeted lawmaker’s district on grounds that the recalls violated the U.S. Constitution and federal Voting Rights Act.
Cegavske — represented by Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt — filed a strongly worded joint response and motion to dismiss the case, calling the claims made by plaintiffs “insupportable” and mean to effectively declare any recall election in Nevada unlawful.
Oral arguments on the case are set for Nov. 29.