The republican party is being accused of voter intimidation and lawyers for democrats across the country are filing lawsuits. Michigan Democrats have joined several other states in this movement. In Nevada, where a similar lawsuit was filed, a judge concluded on Thursday that there is no proof the Trump campaign is using voter intimidation.
On friday, Michigan Democrats filled a complaint against Michigan GOP in federal court. The Democrats are accusing the Republican party of working with the Trump campaign “to threaten, intimidate, and thereby prevent minority voters in urban neighborhoods from voting,” according to the complaint. The lawsuit asked a judge to order the state Republican Party not to intimidate voters on Election Day. This includes aggressive questioning, and threats of legal or criminal action.
The group filed the complaint in accordance with the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the Ku Klux Klan act of 1871. The complaint had no specific allegations and under the Klu Klux Klan act there has to be proof for the specific voting rights violation. The allegations are based on media reports and comments made during Trump stump speeches.
One of the examples included Trump telling his supporters to watch out for Clinton voters voting more than once. There is a lack of evidence that his campaign is encouraging voter intimidation.
Spokeswoman for the MI Republican party called the act both “insulting” and “desperate.”