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Democrats Take Trump And His Push To Observe Voters To Supreme Court

An appeals court recently struck down a restraining order that had been imposed on Donald Trump and allies to keep them from observing voters in Ohio.

By Ryan Biek | November 7, 2016

The Ohio Democratic Party is making a last-minute plea to the Supreme Court to keep Donald Trump's campaign from observing –– and possibly intimidating –– voters in the state. 

"You've got to go out, and you've got to get your friends, and you've got to get everybody you know, and you gotta watch the polling booths. ... I hear too many bad stories, and we can't lose an election because of you know what I'm talking about," Trump said.

That statement from early October landed Trump, his campaign and a key ally with a restraining order, prohibiting them from "interrogating, admonishing, interfering with, or verbally harassing voters" in the battleground state.  

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But Sunday, an appeals court blocked that order. 

The judges said the Democratic Party didn't provide enough evidence to show Trump and his campaign had tried to keep minority voters from the polls. 

Sunday night, Democrats appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, arguing the Trump campaign violates the 1871 Ku Klux Klan Act by trying to keep minorities from voting. 

Justice Elena Kagan could respond to the request alone. More likely, she'll refer it to the full court, where the Ohio Democrats would need the support of five justices. 

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