Sunday, November 6, 2016

Federal Judge Rules Against The Trump Campaign's Voter intimidation Tactics

A federal judge Friday warned Donald Trump and his nut-job lackey, GOP operative Roger Stone, not to engage in any of the "voter intimidation" activity they promised in Ohio

The case stems from Trump's rants about “bad stories” in “certain areas” where efforts to rig the election could take place and his suggestion that his followers should join together into roaming squads of vigilantes...

"Go and vote, and then go check out areas. Because a lot of bad things happen. And we don’t want to lose for that reason. We don’t want to lose, but we especially we don’t want to lose for that reason. So go over and — watch. And watch carefully."

In addition to that there is Trump and Stone's group "Stop the Steal" which registers volunteer poll watchers that would be sent to polling places to "help prevent the THEFT of the 2016 Presidential election".

The Ohio case was filed by lawyers for state Democratic parties against both Trump and Stone seeking restraining orders or limits to ballot security or voter questioning efforts.

Judge James Gwin of the US District Court for the Northern District of Ohio ruled in favor of a temporary restraining order after a hearing Friday morning against Donald Trump as well as Stone's group "Stop the Steal"

Among actions prohibited under Gwin's order...

"Hindering or delaying a voter or prospective voter from reaching or leaving the polling place," participating in "unauthorized 'poll watching'" activities, including "challenging or questioning voters or prospective voters about their eligibility to vote, or training, organizing, or directing others to do the same" and "interrogating, admonishing, interfering with, or verbally harassing voters or prospective voters."

Campaigns and individuals are also barred from questioning voters...

"under the guise of the purported 'exit polling' or 'citizen journalist' operations organized and encouraged by Defendants Stone and Stop the Steal."

The Trump campaign, of course, saw the judge's ruling as an attack on Donald Trump... And America! So they had their lawyer, Chad A. Readler, write a 15-page legal filing in Ohio claiming...

"This case is one of four coordinated attacks across the country that are clearly long-planned efforts to sow chaos in the Defendants' political efforts, while garnering maximum publicity for Plaintiff's unsubstantiated, inflammatory claims on the eve of the Presidential Election,"

The Trump campaign remains steadfast in it's denial that it is participating in any illegal activity and appealed the ruling to the 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals.

Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper said the legal action is necessary to limit any questionable activity that prevents voters from casting their ballots...

"The concern has been if people were to act upon what Trump and what Roger Stone have been encouraging people to do that you'd have true intimidation and harassment that might scare voters off. I don't want voters to be at all worried about voting on Election Day."

Despite this victory in Ohio Donald Trump and Roger Stone's group "Stop the Steal" will be able to continue their plans to conduct “ballot security” measures in search of “voter fraud” at polling locations nationwide, a federal judge ruled late Saturday afternoon.

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