(NBC NEWS) — A judge has refused to issue an order to seize ballots in a lawsuit filed by Donald Trump’s campaign that accuses a Nevada county of keeping polls open beyond closing time Friday, the final night of early voting.
The order would have impounded ballots at early voting sites to determine whether they were cast by voters who didn’t make it into line by the scheduled closing time. But Clark County Judge Gloria Sturman sided with the county.
“I am not going to expose people doing their civic duty to help people vote … to public attention, ridicule, and harassment,” Sturman said Tuesday during an emergency hearing. “I’m not going to do it.”
The lawsuit — filed Monday night in state court — alleged poll workers at four different polling places in Clark County, Nevada, did not follow protocol. One of the polling sites is in a primarily Hispanic neighborhood in Las Vegas.
According to the Trump campaign, the poll workers decided earlier in the day that they would keep polls open until 10 p.m. PT, well beyond their appointed 7 p.m. closing time.
Under Nevada law — as in most if not all states — voters may vote as long as they were in line at the time that the poll was scheduled to close.
But both Trump and Nevada GOP chairman Michael McDonald complained Friday night that the polling location in Las Vegas’ heavily Hispanic neighborhood was kept open improperly.