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N.R.S. 293.420 - Court costs

Overview of Statute

This section assesses the court costs for election contests.


      1.  If a contest proceeding is dismissed for insufficiency of the statement of contest or for want of prosecution, or if the district court confirms the election, judgment shall be rendered for costs in favor of the defendant and against the contestant.

      2.  If an election is annulled or set aside for errors or malfeasance of any election official in the conduct of the election or in canvassing the returns, the costs shall be a charge against the state or political subdivision in which the election was held.

      3.  When an election is annulled or set aside on any other ground, judgment for costs shall be given in favor of the contestant and against the defendant.

      (Added to NRS by 1960, 265; A 1967, 850)

Definition [State]

A state of the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands or any territory or insular possession subject to the jurisdiction of the United States.

See Nev. Rev. Stat. § 293D.080.

Definition [Canvass]

A review of the election results by the board of county commissioners or the mayor and city council or the justices of the Supreme Court, by which any errors within the election results are officially noted and the official election results are declared.

See Nev. Rev. Stat. § 293.032.

Definition [Contest]

An adversary proceeding between a candidate for a public office who has received the greatest number of votes and any other candidate for that office or, in certain cases, any registered voter of the appropriate political subdivision, for the purpose of determining the validity of an election.

See Nev. Rev. Stat. § 293.042.