The Latest on U.S. District Court hearings in Phoenix and Las Vegas on Democratic party lawsuits claiming voter intimidation by Republicans and the Donald Trump campaign (all times local):
In Las Vegas, a partisan battle about fears of voter intimidation is returning to federal court for testimony from a Donald Trump campaign official about training given to Republican poll-watchers in Nevada.
U.S. District Judge Richard Boulware has said Thursday’s hearing will help him decide by the weekend on a request by Democrats for a restraining order telling people supporting Trump not to harass voters at polls next Tuesday.
The judge indicated Wednesday that a court order could amount to having the Trump campaign issue a memo to volunteer poll-watchers about state laws they have to follow if they challenge the eligibility of a voter.
Nevada Democrats accuse the Trump campaign, party associate Roger Stone Jr., and Stone’s group called “Stop the Steal” of encouraging what the Democrats call “vigilante voter intimidation.”
A federal judge in Phoenix is set to hear arguments on a lawsuit that seeks to stop what it believes will be Election Day voter intimidation by Republicans.
U.S. District Court Judge John Tuchi on Thursday is set to hear from both sides on the Arizona Democratic Party’s request to block what it says will be illegal tactics.
The suit is one of four filed in battleground states. It seeks an order blocking volunteer GOP poll watchers from harassing people headed to polling locations. The suit names the state Republican Party, Donald Trump’s campaign, Roger Stone and his group called “Stop the Steal” that’s organizing “citizen journalists” and “poll watchers.”
The Trump campaign says the lawsuit is long on rhetoric and short on substance and designed to distract from Hillary Clinton’s troubles.