U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Democratic Appeal In Voter Intimidation Case Involving Trump Supporters

Nov 8, 2016

The US Supreme Court has declined to get involved in a case involving planned activities by the Trump campaign at polling places in Ohio tomorrow.

The Ohio Democratic Party had appealed a Sunday ruling reversing a restraining order issued by a federal judge in Cleveland Friday. That judge had ruled in favor of Democrats who said voters need to be protecting from intimidation by Trump supporters outside polling places, but the Trump campaign got that order overturned on First Amendment grounds. This one-page order from the U.S. Supreme Court doesn’t note who voted down the request other than Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, one of the Court’s more liberal members. She wrote that she voted against hearing the case, noting that Ohio already has laws about voter harassment and intimidation. It’s unusual for the Supreme Court to intervene in cases with just hours to go before an election for fear of confusing voters and elections officials.