Voter intimidation arguments head to federal court

While that high voter turnout pattern appears to favor Hillary Clinton, state-level voter suppression tactics from Republicans and local intimidation antics by Donald Trump supporters are still unfolding, adding angst and muddying the election's last phase. That rising wave of voters does not tell you who is ahead, but a recent poll of 718 Floridians found more than a quarter of Republicans said they were voting for Clinton. In addition, a challenged voter in certain circumstances must cast a provisional ballot that may or may not be counted.

The Trump campaign has insisted on the threat of a "rigged" election and has suggested citizens go to polls to watch for suspected voter fraud, which has led some to fear voter intimidation.

According to the Brennan Center for Justice, 14 states will implement their voter ID laws this 2016 election.

The Secretary of State's office says county clerks had received almost 638,000 absentee ballots cast in person and through other methods as of Thursday for next Tuesday's election.

"Recently, national media outlets have run stories about voters casting an early vote and later changing their mind". The states listed are: Alabama, Arizona, Indiana, Kansas, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin. A suit alleging improprieties was brought by the NAACP which claimed that there are "thousands of North Carolina voters who have been targeted in coordinated, en masse challenge proceedings brought in the final weeks and months before Election Day".

The County Clerk is also offering special extended hours this week to accommodate in-person early voters.

"I think in this instance, for the first half of the year, people were concerned about the formal state policies and practices and, right now, folks are concerned about what may be happening on Election Day", she said.

As in other communities, Rose Township absentee voters can spoil their current ballot at the Rose Township offices and complete a new one up until 4 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 7.

If voters are registered as absentee and have not yet put their voted ballot in the mail, voters are encouraged to deliver their ballot in person.

It is important to note that once a ballot is cast there is no way for the vote to be retaken or corrected.

However, Republicans went on record saying that the laws were created to intentionally suppress voting among minorities, the young, the poor, people with disabilities and other groups that usually tend to vote Democrat.

"We've got about 13,000 more who have voted early, than voted early in 2012", said Jennifer Edwards, Supervisor of Elections for Collier. "If there's going to be any disruption, it's going to be people freelancing, people just showing up at a polling place or several polling places". The lawsuit claims that Trump encouraged supporters during an OH appearance this summer to "act as vigilantes" on Election Day. The defendants include the Ohio Republican Party, Trump's campaign, political operative Roger Stone and Stone's political action committee, Stop the Steal. "They passed a law that said it was illegal to expose how you voted".

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