Democrats claim voter intimidation in lawsuit

RNC spokeswoman Lindsay Walters says, "The filing is completely meritless."

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton campaigning in West Virginia. (AP photos)

(AP) – The Democratic National Committee has filed papers in federal court against the Republican National Committee, accusing it of violating a 1982 court order intended to prevent voter intimidation.

The motion filed in New Jersey says the RNC has supported the efforts of presidential candidate Donald Trump’s campaign “to intimidate and discourage minority voters from voting in the 2016 Presidential Election.” Trump has recently been urging his supporters to monitor polling places on Election Day.

The so-called “consent decree” of 1982 has been extended several times. The DNC is asking the court to extend it another eight years.

DNC interim chair Donna Brazile says, “Democrats will not stand idly by if they attempt to impede our democratic process.”

RNC spokeswoman Lindsay Walters says, “The filing is completely meritless.”

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