Democrats are accusing the Republican National Committee of violating a decades-old anti-voter intimidation agreement. The party called on a federal judge to block the RNC’s effort to coordinate with Trump’s campaign on “ballot security.”
In the motion, filed on Wednesday in New Jersey federal court, the DNC (Democratic National Committee) says the RNC violated the agreement by “supporting and enabling” the intimidation and discouragement of minority voters, Politico reported.
The coordinated effort, according to the DNC, violates a consent decree from 1982, in which the RNC agreed to stop its vote watching tactics.
The DNC is calling for the court to prohibit any funding from the RNC to the Trump campaign for “ballot integrity” or “ballot security.” The DNC also wants the RNC to send copies of the consent decree to its field offices and report workers who violate the agreement.
The move from the DNC comes as Trump’s campaign asserts the election is rigged in Clinton’s favor and voter fraud will occur in “certain areas,” although there is no clear evidence to support this claim.
The RNC called the filing “completely meritless” in a statement.
“Just as in all prior elections in which the consent decree was in effect, the RNC strictly abides by the consent decree and does not take part directly or indirectly in any efforts to prevent or remedy voter fraud,” the statement read.