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27 that the Trump campaign has three voter suppression operations that target African-Americans and other groups.And the Democrats allege that Trump supporters have pledged to go to certain polling places with minority voters and interfere.“I’m honored but the lawsuit is without merit and the lawyers who filed it could face sanctions,” Stone said in an email response to the lawsuits. Gwin, who presides over the Northern District of Ohio, cited recent comments by Trump campaign surrogates suggesting that supporters should engage in “ballot security,” although he instructed both Democrats and Republicans to refrain from intimidating voters. District Judge James Gwin issued a restraining order barring the Trump campaign and Roger Stone from engaging in “harassing or intimidating conduct” at the polls.
Democrats also sued Republican operative Roger Stone, a longtime Trump ally who is organizing an exit-polling effort.
State Democratic parties have filed six complaints alleging that the Trump campaign, Stone operatives, and Republican officials plan to engage in voter intimidation on Election Day.
This litigation is especially worrisome for the Republican National Committee, which remains bound by a 1982 consent decree requiring judicial oversight of any “ballot security” measures.
“Stop the Steal in partnership with Vote Protectors is conducting a neutral, scientifically based EXIT POLL in order to compare the actual machine results with the exit poll results in 7,000 key precincts.”Stone said the methodology is no different than that used in network consortium exit polls.“We are not coordinating with the Trump campaign, the Republican National Committee or the individual Republican state committees,” Stone wrote in the email.
“We seek only to determine if the election is honestly and fairly conducted and to provide an evidentiary basis for a challenge to the election if that is not the case.