US judge to weigh North Carolina voter intimidation warnings

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — 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.