Democrats intimidating voters
Democrats are accusing Republicans and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign of conspiring to intimidate voters in at least four states just days ahead of the election.In each lawsuit, the state’s Democratic party is seeking court action to preemptively block potential voter harassment or intimidation from Republican poll watchers or other observers.Pennsylvania Republicans called the lawsuit "a desperate effort by the Democrats in the face of eroding support for Hillary Clinton." Messages left Monday with Trump's national and Ohio campaigns were not immediately returned.In an emailed response, Stone said the lawsuit is without merit.The state party said that absent court intervention, voters would be subjected to “intimidation, threats, and perhaps even force at the hands of vigilante ‘poll watchers' and ‘ballot integrity' volunteers on Election Day.” Ohio Republican Party spokeswoman Brittany Warner called the lawsuit “a publicity stunt” and said the party is not involved in such voter intimidation.Pennsylvania Republicans called the lawsuit “a desperate effort by the Democrats in the face of eroding support for Hillary Clinton.” Messages left Monday with Trump's national and Ohio campaigns were not immediately returned.
The RNC and New Jersey's Republican party allegedly had off-duty law enforcement officers stand at polling places in urban areas wearing "National Ballot Security Task Force" armbands. The RNC admitted no wrongdoing, but agreed to the decree to settle the case.The nearly identical legal challenges seek court orders intended to block volunteer GOP poll watchers from harassing people headed to the polls.The federal case being heard in Newark, New Jersey, seeks to link some of those poll watchers and state parties with the Republican National Committee, arguing that any collaboration on voter intimidation or ballot security efforts would violate an agreement that the RNC has been forced to follow since 1982.The lawsuits were filed beginning Sunday in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Nevada and Arizona against Trump’s campaign, each state’s Republican party and GOP operative Roger Stone, who runs the group “Stop the Steal.” Trump has called on his supporters to act as “election observers” in certain areas of the country to help prevent fraud.“In the months leading up to the 2016 election, Trump has made an escalating series of statements, often racially tinged, suggesting that his supporters should go to particular precincts on Election Day and intimidate voters,” the Ohio lawsuit alleged.
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Four state branches of the Party have sued Trump’s presidential campaign and a host of related organizations for what they allege are attempts to intimidate voters.