As for Stone, and his group Stop the Steal's efforts to recruit poll watchers, the judge did not buy Stone's claims that he was not very involved with the organization. But he said that the Democrats had failed to prove that the group's plans -- which include conducting unscientific exit polling and encouraging unofficial poll watchers to wear certain clothing -- would result in illegal voter intimidation.
"Neither the encouragement of the activities alleged, nor the activities themselves are per se prohibited," the judge said. "It is Plaintiff’s burden to illustrate that these activities are likely to intimidate, threaten, or coerce voters. The evidence educed has failed to do so."
The Arizona lawsuit was one of six complaints Democratic state parties filed across the country against their GOP counterparts, Stone and the Trump campaign. A federal judge in Ohio placed a restraining order against the Trump campaign and Stone in the case there, blocking them "from conspiring to intimidate, threaten, harass, or coerce voters on Election Day." The judge added "other individuals or groups, including groups associated with the Clinton for Presidency campaign" should not engage in the voter intimidation tactics described in the order.
A separate legal action brought by the Democratic National Committee is underway against the Republican National Committee, for its alleged collaboration with the Trump campaign on "ballot security" initiatives -- a claim the RNC denies -- that Democrats say violates a decades-old consent decree limiting RNC involvement in poll watching efforts. A decision in that case is expected Saturday.
Read the Arizona order below: