A federal court denied the Arizona Democratic Party's request to block the Arizona GOP, the Donald Trump campaign and Trump-ally Roger Stone from engaging in what Democrats described as vigilante voter intimidation tactics.
"The Court heard no evidence of a broad conspiracy to intimidate voters through poll watching, as claimed by Plaintiff, or a plan by [the Arizona Republican Party] to train or otherwise organize poll watchers with the Trump Campaign, Stop the Steal or Mr. Stone," the decision, issued Friday, said.
U.S. District Court Judge John J. Tuchi said that "[o]ne can seriously question the wisdom" of some of the statements Trump has made from the stump, but that Democrats failed to provide evidence of "any attempts at voter intimidation, or any voter reporting they felt intimidated, during this cycle." He also pointed to changes the Arizona GOP said it was making to its website, clarifying that its poll watchers should not try to photograph people around poll places with multiple ballots, in light of the state's ballot harvesting law being blocked by an appeals court Friday. Democrats had pointed to the instructions for poll watchers to photograph people at polling places suspected of ballot harvesting -- referring to efforts to bring other voters' absentee ballots to the polls -- as proof the Arizona GOP was encouraging intimidating tactics.
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