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Dems Losing Voter Intimidation Lawsuits

Dems Losing Voter Intimidation Lawsuits

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By    |   Monday, 07 November 2016 09:24 AM

A flurry of court actions brought by Democrats charging Donald Trump and his allies with an organized attempt at voter intimidation has so far failed to bring any concrete results, Politico reports.

But it may be helping Hillary Clinton politically by encouraging more of her supporters to go to the polls and stop a real or imagined Republican effort to suppress their votes.

The efforts nationwide have been centered on restricting Election Day exit polling by Republican political operative Roger Stone's "Stop the Steal" group, which
Democrats allege is engaging in voter intimidation, especially of blacks and Latinos, in the guise of preventing voter fraud.

However, GOP backers have already beaten such lawsuits in Arizona, while in Nevada a federal judge said last week he hasn't seen evidence that Trump's campaign is training people to intimidate voters but will make a final decision on Monday, ABC News reported.

Other similar cases are also expected to be heard Monday in North Carolina and Pennsylvania.

In Ohio, a federal judge granted an injunction against Stop the Steal, but that order was quickly halted Sunday by a panel of three appeals court judges. Democrats have turned to the Supreme Court to reverse the appeals court stay, but that is considered unlikely.

Even so, pundits say that the litigation highlights the issue in the public and encourages Democratic supporters to come out and vote.

One GOP staffer tracking the lawsuits complained to Politico, "They're turning the court into an arm of their PR effort. There's probably been a couple hundred stories reprinting the AP [article about the lawsuits]... It reinforces the narrative they've worked on for years is that Republicans are racists."

Stone told Politico his Stop the Steal effort had been slowed by the litigation, because he's spending so much time with lawyers, but insists his exit polling will go ahead. This means sending hundreds of volunteers to about 20 Democratic-dominated precincts in eight battleground states to see if there's a pattern where the voting machines do not have the same results as what he documents in his polls.

Myrna Perez, the deputy director of the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law, told Politico that, in addition to the publicity the lawsuits garner even if they fail, an added benefit for Democrats is "it means the courts are primed and ready and thinking about this, so if something happens on Election Day they don't have to file a brand new lawsuit."

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A flurry of court actions brought by Democrats charging Donald Trump and his allies with an organized attempt at voter intimidation has so far failed to bring any concrete results, Politico reports.
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