- Associated Press - Monday, November 7, 2016

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A federal judge in Pennsylvania has refused to issue an order aimed at preventing Donald Trump’s supporters from harassing or intimidating voters on Election Day.

The decision echoes similar ones in Virginia and in a U.S. Supreme Court case involving Ohio.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg noted on Monday that Ohio law already forbids voter intimidation.

The cases are part of a flurry of courtroom efforts by the Democrats around the country to head off what they say is vigilantism by the Trump campaign and its backers.

In Pennsylvania, U.S. District Judge Paul Diamond called the Democrats’ late effort a “mad scramble.”

He said they presented no first-hand evidence of any effort to suppress voting.

A lawyer representing the Pennsylvania Democrats did not immediately return calls for comment Monday.

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