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President Trump tweeted that, unlike Florida, Nevada is incapable of managing a vote-by-mail election.

Claim: Nevada has no mail-in ballot infrastructure. Fact check: False

The Nevada Legislature passed a bill, signed by Gov. Steve Sisolak on Monday, that will send a mail-in ballot to every active registered voter in the state. Trump has voiced opposition to this bill and claimed the state lacks the infrastructure for running such an election. And the Trump campaign launched a lawsuit on Wednesday against Nevada to prevent this measure from going into effect for the election.

But Nevada does have infrastructure in place for mail-in voting. The June primary was held almost entirely through mail-in voting. Over 98 percent of the 491,654 ballots cast in the primary were submitted through mail-in voting, and the election saw very high voter turnout. Additionally, over 10,000 primary ballots were rejected because they were incorrectly submitted, demonstrating the states ability to weed out improper ballots. Through the CARES Act, Nevada received $4,500,000 to help pay for the cost of setting up infrastructure and hiring personnel to count mail-in ballots.

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President Trump praised GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis for building "a great infrastructure" for Florida mail-in voting.

Trump explains why mail voting merits a lawsuit in Nevada but praise in Florida

The Trump campaign has put its lawyers where the candidate's mouth is — although, all of a sudden, not where it is all the time.

President Trump's re-election team sued late Tuesday to block the delivery of a mail-in ballot to every voter in potential battleground Nevada this fall. The lawsuit was filed just hours after Trump created one of the most whiplash-inducing moments of the campaign. After making baseless accusations dozens of times that easy voting through the mail guarantees a rigged election, he encouraged every voter in Florida — but only Florida, the biggest purple state — to find a stamp and vote from home.

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The vote-by-mail bill also expands ballot harvesting, which proponents say is critical to boosting turnout in Nevada's poor, rural communities.

Nevada moves to send mail ballots to all; Trump threatens to sue to stop that

President Trump on Monday threatened to sue to stop Nevada from delivering absentee ballots to all active voters, just hours after the Legislature voted to conduct the state's presidential election mainly by mail because of the coronavirus.

Solidly blue California and Vermont have made similar decisions this summer, joining five states that were going to be almost wholly vote-by-mail before the pandemic.

Nevada becomes the first somewhat purple place on the roster, however, and the president asserted without evidence the switch will make it impossible for him to carry its six electoral votes. It was the latest of at least six dozen statements he's made seeking to rattle confidence in the democratic process by asserting mailed ballots will magnify fraud and minimize GOP electoral strength.

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Mapmaking commission effort comes up way short in Nevada

Nevada will remain a state where politicians get to draw the election boundaries they run in. Advocates for turning the mapmaking over to an independent panel have conceded defeat.

Fair Maps Nevada announced Tuesday it was able to collect only 12,000 of the 98,000 signatures required to get their proposal on the November ballot, giving up a week ahead of the deadline. The group said it was stymied by the social distancing and safety protocols mandated by the coronavirus pandemic.

Assigning independent commissions to draw congressional and legislative district lines, instead of the state legislators themselves, is widely regarded as the best way to combat partisan gerrymandering. This year's election is effectively the last chance for states to make the switch in time for the maps being drawn for the next decade.

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