The state Supreme Court has officially certified Nevada’s election results, cementing Democrat Joe Biden’s roughly 33,6000-vote statewide victory over President Donald Trump.
Tuesday’s formal canvass of the vote tally came just one day after Michigan certified it’s results, effectively eliminating any path to victory for Trump. The outgoing occupant of the White House has waged a weeks-long legal crusade meant to halt ballot-counting in Nevada and several other key swing states, prompting breathless predictions of a palace coup despite Team Trump’s nearly unbroken string of losses in court.
But members of the Silver State’s high court showed little interest in adding to the drama surrounding this year’s vote count, which they said was done “properly, reliably and with integrity.”
Justices needed only 20 minutes to finalize Nevada’s results, and spent more time silently signing paperwork than discussing the unprecedented presidential contest.
Members of the high court did praise Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske’s “exemplary” work overseeing the state’s sudden, COVID-caused shift to a mostly vote-by-mail election format.
Cegavske, the state’s lone statewide Republican officeholder, expressed misgivings of her own about Democrat-backed election reforms recently enacted at the state Legislature. She also vigorously defended the state’s election system against Trump’s baseless claims of a “rigged” result.
“I just want to commend the Secretary of State and her office for the extraordinary work they did under very difficult circumstances,” said Justice James Hardesty. “They’re to be congratulated for carrying out an extraordinarily successful election.”
The final canvass of statewide results counts as the second-to-last step in completing Nevada’s share of the presidential election process.
Electors picked at state party conventions will travel to Carson City on Dec. 14 to formally award Nevada’s six Electoral College votes to Biden.
Nevadans have now sided with Democrats in each of the past four presidential elections. Biden carried Washoe County, the state’s lone remaining swing county, by a little more than 11,000 votes, despite a small disadvantage in voter registration.
James DeHaven is the politics reporter for the Reno Gazette Journal. He covers campaigns, the Nevada Legislature and everything in between. Support his work by subscribing to RGJ.com right here.