Tuesday, November 1, 2016

RNC Must Detail Ballot Security Efforts to Court

The Republican National Committee (RNC) must explain any agreements it has made with Trump’s Campaign in an attempt to ensure “ballot security,” a Federal Judge has ruled.

The order issued by U.S. District Court Judge John Vazquez is in response to a motion filed by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) to hold the RNC in contempt for alleged violation of a 1982 Consent Decree. The RNC had agreed as part of the decree to stop vote-watching after Democrats alleged the RNC was intimidating minority voters.

Last week, Democrats accused Republicans of violating the decree “by supporting and enabling the efforts of the Republican candidate for President, Donald J. Trump, as well as his campaign and advisors, to intimidate and discourage minority voters from voting in the 2016 Presidential Election,”.

Judge Vazquez ordered that Republicans provide details about any efforts to stop voter fraud and referenced specific statements from Gov. Mike Pence, Trump’s Campaign Manager Kellyanne Conway, and members of the RNC that seem to suggest there are vote-watching plans.

The RNC must provide details by 5 pm on Wednesday.

If they fail or do not convince the Judge, the Consent Decree could be extended for another eight years.

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