Tierney Sneed

Tierney Sneed is a reporter for Talking Points Memo. She previously worked for U.S. News and World Report. She grew up in Florida and attended Georgetown University.

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Democrats put forward more evidence on Wednesday that they said showed that the Republican National Committee was illegally engaging in poll watching activities.

The additional filing comes after an initial round of affidavits from Dem poll observers in Nevada who said they met other observers claiming to be working for the RNC earlier this week.

The new filing includes the affidavits of three more Democratic poll observers who have been monitoring early voting sites in Las Vegas. They said that not only did they meet poll observers who suggested RNC involvement in elections monitoring, but that one of the GOP observers gave inaccurate information to voters, according to the court documents.

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The Republican National Committee assured a federal court Wednesday that it has not engaged in illegal elections monitoring activities, in connection with Donald Trump's calls for vigilante poll watchers. The RNC said that it had interviewed Trump surrogates, namely his campaign manager and his VP pick, who had said publicly that the RNC was assisting their anti-voter fraud efforts, and both confirmed that their comments were misinformed, according to the court documents.

In a new filing with a federal court in New Jersey, the RNC produced evidence that basically suggested that the Trump campaign had no idea what it was talking about when it said the RNC was helping it with ballot security.

The filings came in a legal action mounted by the Democratic National Committee accusing the RNC of violating a consent decree from the 1980s limiting its participation in so-called "ballot security" activities.

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The Donald Trump campaign and the Neveda Republican Party accused Democrats attempting to "sow chaos" with voter intimidation lawsuits filed in Nevada and elsewhere, according to court documents filed Wednesday.

The court filing by Republicans comes in a lawsuit filed Sunday by the Nevada Democratic Party alleging that the Republicans were engaged in voter intimidation tactics. Similar lawsuits were filed by Democrats in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Arizona, and litigation is ongoing in a federal court in New Jersey between the Democratic National Committee and Republican National Committee over its ties to Trump's calls for vigilante poll watchers.

"This case is one of four coordinated attacks across the country that are clearly long-planned efforts to sow chaos in the Defendant's political efforts, while garnering maximum publicity for Plaintiff's unsubstantiated, extraordinarily inflammatory claims on the eve of the Presidential Election," the Nevada Republicans' filing said.

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The federal judge presiding over the case brought by Democrats against the Republican National Committee alleging illegal RNC elections monitoring activities has ordered the RNC to provide more information regarding any poll watching initiatives.

The order, filed Wednesday, appears to be in response to evidence put forward by Democrats late Monday suggesting the RNC had sent poll observers to early voting sites in Nevada and then lied about it.

The RNC shall provide an "affidavit or affidavits by a person or persons with personal knowledge setting forth in detail Defendant’s efforts regarding poll watching or poll observation’ in connection with the 2016 Presidential Election," the order, issued by U.S. District Judge John Michael Vazquez, said.

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A federal judge Tuesday ordered representatives from the Donald Trump campaign and the Nevada Republican Party to appear at a hearing in his courtroom Wednesday afternoon in a lawsuit filed by Nevada Democrats accusing them of the engaging in voter intimidation tactics.

U.S. District Judge Richard Franklin Boulware also ordered the Trump campaign and state party to turn over any training materials they provided to "poll watchers, poll observers, exit pollsters or any other similarly tasked individuals."

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The Republican National Committee pushed back in a court filing Monday on a Democratic lawsuit accusing the group of violating a consent decree limiting its poll watching activities, describing national Democrats' allegations as being based on "hearsay."

"[The Democratic National Committee] relies almost exclusively on news accounts containing inadmissible double and even triple hearsay," the RNC filing read. "None of those press accounts identifies any concrete steps by anyone covered by the Consent Decree to engage in prohibited conduct and none of them identifies a single voter who has been intimidated or deterred from voting by anyone, let alone the RNC."

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A federal judge ordered Monday that the Republican National Committee hand over any evidence showing that the committee was working with the Donald Trump campaign on the campaign's poll watching crusade. The discovery order comes as part of a court action mounted by the Democratic National Committee accusing the RNC of violating a decades-old consent decree limiting its participation in election site anti-voter fraud activities.

The judge, U.S. District Court Judge John Michael Vazguez, ordered the RNC to hand over "All agreements in any form between Defendant and the presidential campaign of Donald J. Trump (the “Trump Campaign”) regarding voter fraud, ballot security, ballot integrity, poll watching, or poll monitoring." If such agreements were made verbally and are not in writing, then the RNC shall submit affidavits from those who know of them detailing the plans, according to the order.

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National Democrats produced evidence Monday that they claim shows the Republican National Committee is lying about not deploying poll watchers to early voting sites in Nevada.

The new evidence was filed in an ongoing legal case against the RNC that concerns allegations that the RNC has violated a federal consent decree dating back to the 1980s that limits its participation in so-called "ballot security" activities at election sites. Democrats are seeking to have the restrictions on the RNC's Election Day activities extended for another eight years.

A letter filed by Angelo Genova, a lawyer representing the Democratic National Committee in the case, said that the Democrats had evidence that the RNC "has and continues to engage in one or more ballot security initiatives utilizing poll watchers in Nevada," which he described as "contrary to the sworn declarations submitted earlier today, and the clear statements of its counsel."

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There is, perhaps, never a good time for local elections administrators to be undermining federal court orders, ignoring state officials and providing voters with false information about what is required to cast a ballot. But for poll workers in Texas who have been caught spreading inaccurate information about the state’s voter ID law, the timing is particularly unfortunate, given the legal scrutiny the law already is under and is continuing to the attract.

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Democrats launched a multi-state legal effort against what they described as a "vigilante voter intimidation" campaign led by Donald Trump, his associates, and the Republican Party. The Democratic parties in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Arizona and Nevada filed lawsuits Sunday against their GOP state counterparts, the Trump campaign, Trump ally Roger Stone and his affiliated super PAC Stop the Seal, alleging that the groups have violated the Voting Rights Act and the Ku Klux Klan Act, which both include provisions addressing voter intimidation.

"Trump’s calls for unlawful intimidation have grown louder and louder, and the conspiracy to harass and threaten voters on Election Day has already resulted in numerous acts that threaten to interfere with the voting rights of registered
Nevada voters," the Nevada Democrats' lawsuit said.

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