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Secretaries of State in spotlight as Trump steps up attacks to sow doubt

In Georgia, a lawsuit brought by the Trump campaign claiming that the missing ballots were mismanaged by Chatham County election officials was dismissed by a superior court judge on Thursday – a blow to the first of what the Georgia Republican Party said Wednesday would be up to a dozen. lawsuits against counties always count the votes.

In Nevada, where Mr. Biden’s narrow lead widened slightly on Thursday, dozens of Mr. Trump’s flag-waving supporters gathered Thursday morning at the Clark County Election Center in North Las Vegas to protest, claiming that the election was stolen. Trucks with Trump flags circled the block, some pulling their engines and honking their horns.

Richard Grenell, a Trump adviser who served in his administration as acting director of national intelligence, held a press conference there to lay charges that “illegal votes” were being counted. Again it did not provide any specific evidence.

Joe Gloria, registrar of voters for Clark County, which includes Las Vegas, held his own press conference at the polling center and said county officials had established “security at all entrances.”

“We are not aware of any inappropriate ballots being processed,” he added.

False rumors that using a Sharpie could invalidate a ballot, which began in Arizona, reached neighboring New Mexico, where Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver said people were calling his desk worried because they had used a marker to fill it in. their vote, their vote would be invalidated.

Ms Toulouse Oliver, who is also president of the National Association of Secretaries of State, said election workers this year faced more hostility from poll observers than in previous years.

Given the stressors of the coronavirus pandemic, false rumors and intimidating protesters or observers, she said, she feared some election workers would return for the next election and was concerned about the videos that she has seen people in Detroit and Phoenix and elsewhere crowding around the counting centers.