A Clark County election worker scans postal ballot papers in the Clark County Electoral Department in north Las Vegas, Nevada on October 20, 2020.
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President Donald Trump's campaign said a federal lawsuit will be filed in Nevada Thursday to block "illegal votes" from people, including those who did not reside or are dead during the coronavirus pandemic.
"We are asking the judges to go through any irregularities to stop the counting," said Adam Laxalt, a former Nevada attorney general who announced the lawsuit.
When a Trump campaign substitute was pressed for evidence of these alleged illegal ballots, he refused to respond to reporters at a press conference, saying questions about the ballots should be directed to the clerk's office in Clark County, Nevada.
Clark County Registrar of Voters, Joe Gloria, said at a news conference late Thursday that he was not aware of any inappropriate ballot papers.
In Nevada, where the ongoing election counts show Democratic candidate Joe Biden stands before Trump, six electoral college votes are at stake in the presidential contest.
Meanwhile, Biden's lead over Trump in the referendum grew by thousands of newly reported ballots, leaving him about 11,500 votes ahead.
Trump's campaign has already filed lawsuits in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Georgia related to ballot counting. Democrat Joe Biden is just 17 electoral college votes shy of winning for the White House, according to NBC News predictions.
"We know that these [election] roles were unclean," Laxalt said at a press conference in Las Vegas ahead of election day.
"We firmly believe that there are a lot of voters in this group of mail-in people who aren't real voters," he said.
"We believe there are dead voters who have been counted," he said.
"We're also confident the thousands of people have moved out of Clark County, Nevada during the pandemic."
With Laxalt, Trump's former acting director of the National Intelligence Service Ric Grenell and the chairman of the American Conservative Union, Matt Schlapp, appeared.
Accusing reporters of asking questions during the press conference, Grenell said, "Look, you're getting information … do your job, it's pretty easy."
Grennell said reporters should ask the county clerk about the ballot papers the Trump campaign believes are invalid.
During a conversation with reporters earlier today, before the lawsuit was announced in Nevada, Biden's campaign again rejected the legal claims filed by the Trump campaign.
"The lawsuits are unfounded," said Bob Bauer, legal advisor to Biden's campaign and former White House attorney.
"They are supposed to give the Trump campaign a chance to argue that the number of votes should stop. It won't stop," Bauer said.
"For their purposes, I want to emphasize that these lawsuits do not have to have any value. That is not the purpose – it is not about bringing bonafide claims to court, but rather giving them the opportunity to falsely report on what is going on the electoral process. "
Biden's campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the Nevada lawsuit.
Grenell tweeted Thursday morning, "The reckless throwing of ballot papers in the mail means illegal votes are coming back. Non-residents and the dead have voted. Democrats planned this. It's an attack on our democracy. We just have to count LEGAL votes."
Laxalt claimed during a Wednesday interview on Fox News' Tucker Carlson Tonight, "There's no question that Donald Trump would have won Nevada convincingly last night if we hadn't moved on to mail-in ballot papers."
"We don't know how [many] bad voters there are in this huge pile [of postal ballot papers]. We also know that there are likely dead voters. There are probably people who have moved out of Las Vegas but found out that their ballots were still cast, "Laxalt said. "So let's investigate all of this."
Trump tweeted a link to a Breitbart.com article Thursday morning listing Laxalt's comments on Carlson.
Michigan and Wisconsin were called to Biden by NBC News on Wednesday. The Trump campaign has requested a recount in Wisconsin.
Biden gets votes for Trump in Georgia and Pennsylvania, two other battlefield states that have not yet been called. Biden also leads the Electoral College in Arizona with 11 votes.
To win the election of the electoral college, a candidate must have 270 votes.