LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Nevada Supreme Court has rejected a call for an election do-over from a Republican candidate who lost his bid for a county commission seat in Las Vegas by 15 votes.
Stavros Anthony chose the wrong legal method to seek a new election, the court said in an opinion issued Thursday following a hearing in April.
“Nothing prevented the election from occurring or voters from casting their ballots,” Chief Justice James Hardesty wrote.
Ross Miller, a Democrat and former Nevada secretary of state, was sworn in to the powerful Clark County Commission in January.
Anthony, a Las Vegas City Councilman and former Las Vegas police captain, funded an $80,000 recount after the county elections chief initially reported a 10-vote win for Miller over Anthony and said officials identified 139 vote “discrepancies” among more than 153,000 ballots cast last November.
The recount identified five additional votes for Miller.
Gloria said discrepancies such as inadvertently canceled votes and voter check-in errors at polling places are common in elections, and not related to fraud.
The commission members, all Democrats, considered calling a new election, but Miller sued to force them to certify the result.
The high court upheld a decision by a state court judge in Las Vegas denying Anthony’s request force a revote.
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