Democrats accuse Republicans of intimidating voters

On Wednesday, the DNC filed a lawsuit in New Jersey federal court asking a judge to block the RNC from engaging in such voter intimidation tactics. It appears to come in response to Donald Trump’s repeated claims recently that the presidential election is “rigged.”

The DNC asked the judge to prohibit the RNC from allocating money to fund, reimburse expenses or provide support to Donald Trump and his campaign’s “voter intimidation program” or Trump supporters’ plans to serve as poll-watchers on Election Day on Nov. 8.

The lawsuit also asks the judge to direct the RNC to seek reimbursement from Trump’s campaign or state political groups for any funds used for any prohibited “ballot security measures.”

In 2008, the DNC and President Obama’s campaign asked for the enforcement of the decree because it they claimed the RNC hadn’t submitted ballot security operations for review.

In December 2017, the decree expires unless the judge grants the DNC’s request in the lawsuit to have it extended for eight years.

For months, Trump has claimed that the election is “rigged” and has recently talked about the threat of widespread voter fraud, despite studies showing that it’s actually quite rare.

At a rally in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania earlier this month, Trump suggested that there could be problems in Philadelphia and wants to ensure the vote is protected 100 percent.

“Everybody wants that, but I hear these horror shows,” Trump told his supporters. “I hear these horror shows and we have to make sure that this election is not stolen from us and is not taken away from us.  And everybody knows what I’m talking about.”

As a result, Trump has been encouraging his supporters to serve as poll-watchers on Election Day. His campaign website even has a webpage asking for volunteers to be Trump election observers.

“Help me stop Crooked Hillary from rigging this election!” says the form, which prompts supporters to sign up.

At the third and final presidential debate last week, Trump refused to say whether he would accept the results of the election next month.

CBS News’ Paula Reid and Sopan Deb contributed to this report.

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