Republicans intimedating voters


16-Dec-2017 10:34

With early voting under way, civil rights groups have said they have heard isolated reports of self-described poll monitors photographing voters and engaging in other intimidating behavior.

Democrats also sued Republican operative Roger Stone, a longtime Trump ally who is organizing an exit-polling effort.

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"Trump has sought to advance his campaign's goal of 'voter suppression' by using the loudest microphone in the nation to implore his supporters to engage in unlawful intimidation," the Ohio Democratic Party wrote in a legal filing. The Trump campaign did not respond to a request for comment. In a motion filed on Monday in that case, the RNC said it was not involved in poll watching but was working to support Trump in other areas.

In Pennsylvania, for example, poll watchers must be formally certified by the local election board and must be registered voters in the county where they are working.

The state Republican party has sued to remove those restrictions.

Democrats said the true purpose of the project, called Stop the Steal, was to intimidate minority and urban voters.

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Stone told Reuters that his project was designed to ensure that electronic voting machines were working properly.Lawyers for the DNC asked the court to rule that Trump, Stone, and the GOP are violating both the Voting Rights Act and the 1871 Ku Klux Klan Act, and to issue an order restraining the voter intimidation through November 8.