Republican leadership in Ohio has created opportunities for greater ballot access and in no way would we ever be involved in the intimidation of voters.Our attorneys are working to prepare the appropriate response.” In a statement, Stone called the lawsuit “bogus” and said that his group, Stop the Steal, “is conducting a neutral, scientifically based exit poll” that would only involve interviews after people cast ballots.
The legal challenge is one of several around the country filed by Democrats claiming Republicans and the Trump campaign are pushing supporters to intimidate and confront voters on Election Day.
Trump has called on his supporters to act as “election observers” in certain areas of the country to help prevent fraud.
[Clinton’s email trouble is a conversation starter for Republicans in tight races] Millions have already voted, and both campaigns are still making a frantic push toward the finish line.
Trump campaign officials have said that they are “on the offensive everywhere” and are trying to make a push in traditionally Democratic states, while Clinton officials and surrogates are trying to boost turnout in big cities while also seeking to flip Arizona.
The federal lawsuits in four battleground states — Arizona, Nevada, Ohio and Pennsylvania — arrived just over a week before Election Day and amid polls showing a tightening campaign between Trump and Hillary Clinton, his Democratic opponent.
In these lawsuits, officials accuse Trump’s campaign and his backers of what the Ohio complaint describes as a “coordinated campaign of vigilante voter intimidation.” In a speech in Gettysburg, Pa., on Oct.
But Hasen said Democrats hoping to extend the consent decree, which restricts the Republican committee’s efforts to challenge voters at the polls, would benefit if they can get the Trump campaign and Republican officials on the “on record denying poll watching and intimidation” plans for Election Day if those things wind up happening.
“The 2016 election and the conduct of Trump and [the] RNC on Election Day are going to be very relevant to that question of whether to extend the consent decree,” he said.
Video posted by the news outlet Pro Publica showed a Trump supporter on a bullhorn yelling, “How many Syrian refugees, Muslim refugees, are you taking into your home?