State and local officials in Arizona, Nevada, Ohio and Pennsylvania have filed voter intimidation lawsuits against Donald Trump and the Republican Party stemming from accusations of harassment to restrict minorities from voting. The officials site unidentified poll watchers that have not been approved as one cause for concern. Their actions are reportedly being condemned as a “coordinated campaign of vigilante voter intimidation.”
It’s ironic that Trump has repeatedly told supporters at his campaign events that the election is rigged, without any evidence to prove the accusation. The Ohio Republican Party must respond to the lawsuit by the end of the day.
One Donald Trump surrogate released a statement defending the Trump campaign according to AL.com. "This is nothing more than a publicity stunt from the Ohio Democratic Party," Brittany Warner, a spokeswoman for the Ohio GOP, said in a statement. "The arguments cited are not at all related to our official operations at the Ohio Republican Party. 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."
However, there have been other reports of stricter and less known laws that may be preventing certain groups from voting. Some voter rights advocates have already been receiving calls during early voting in states claiming that there are voting legalities amiss. "When people call and tell us they're experiencing something they deem hostile, we take that seriously," said Kristen Clarke, president of Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.
According to AL.com, there have also been questionable voting practices in North Carolina that resulted in the NAACP filing a federal lawsuit saying that three counties -- Beaufort, Moore and Cumberland – removed people from the state’s voter registration records.