- Associated Press - Monday, November 7, 2016

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - The Latest on a lawsuit by North Carolina Democrats alleging to Republicans and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign are trying to suppress voting by minorities (all times local):

3:10 a.m.

A federal judge says she sees no evidence that Republicans and presidential candidate Donald Trump want supporters to intimidate North Carolina minority voters on Election Day.

U.S. District Judge Catherine Eagles said after an hourlong hearing Monday that she’ll keep an eye on what happens Tuesday. She could consider sanctions if there’s a coordinated effort to turn away voters in minority neighborhoods.

A lawsuit filed by North Carolina’s Democratic Party last week is similar to cases in five other crucial swing states that could decide whether Trump or Democrat Hillary Clinton become the next president.

Federal courts have rejected similar complaints in Ohio and Arizona. Nevada, Michigan and Pennsylvania cases remain pending.

Democrats accused the North Carolina Republican Party, Trump’s presidential campaign and informal Trump adviser Roger Stone’s political organization of voter intimidation efforts.


11 a.m.

A federal judge is considering whether political partisans plan to illegally intimidate voters on Election Day in North Carolina. The state is one of six crucial swing states where Republicans and Democrats are fighting over alleged efforts to block the other side’s supporters from voting.

U.S. District Judge Catherine Eagles scheduled a hearing Monday in Greensboro as party attorneys argue over whether courts must step in to keep voting fair and open on Tuesday.

Federal courts have rejected similar complaints in Ohio and Arizona. Cases in Michigan, Nevada and Pennsylvania remain pending.

Democrats last week asked the judge to block alleged voter intimidation efforts by the North Carolina Republican Party; Donald Trump’s presidential campaign; Trump adviser Roger Stone; and Stone’s political organization, Stop The Steal, which plans to monitor polling places.

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