Democrats lose suit to bar voter in­tim­i­da­tion

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WASHINGTON: The US Supreme Court yes­ter­day re­jected an 11th-hour move by the Demo­cratic Party in Ohio seek­ing to pre­vent Don­ald Trump sup­port­ers from car­ry­ing out cer­tain ac­tions that could be con­sid­ered voter in­tim­i­da­tion.

The le­gal bat­tle, fol­lowed across the coun­try be­cause of its po­ten­tial im­pli­ca­tions, had stemmed from Trump’s as­ser­tions on the cam­paign trail – with­out pro­vid­ing ev­i­dence – that the elec­tion was likely to be “rigged” and that his sup­port­ers should watch polling sites.

Fear­ing this call would lead to Trump sup­port­ers in­tim­i­dat­ing vot­ers, par­tic­u­larly mi­nori­ties who are more likely to sup­port Demo­crat Hil­lary Clin­ton, the Ohio Demo­cratic Party filed a law­suit and ini­tially won their case in fed­eral court on Fri­day.

District judge James Gwin had is­sued a rul­ing bar­ring ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing fol­low­ing, ques­tion­ing or pho­tograph­ing vot­ers or their ve­hi­cles.

The Trump cam­paign ap­pealed and won, with the Sixth Cir­cuit US Court of Ap­peals in Cincin­nati on Sun­day sus­pend­ing Gwin’s or­der, say­ing the Ohio Demo­cratic Party had not suf­fi­ciently sub­stan­ti­ated their ar­gu­ments.

Yes­ter­day, the short­handed Supreme Court – with eight jus­tices in­stead of the usual nine – sided with the ap­peals court. In keep­ing with pro­to­col, the high court is re­luc­tant to in­ter­vene just be­fore a na­tional elec­tion. – AFP

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