>> Democrats slapping Donald Trump with lawsuits in several states Monday, trying to shut down an election monitoring push, critics slam as voter intimidation. The lawsuits filed in major swing states, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Nevada, and Arizona. Democrats arguing Trump and the Republicans in those states are inciting supporters to harass and threaten minority voters.
Andy Sullivan has the story.>> The Democrats are arguing that the Republicans are violating several laws that outlaw voter intimidation. Notably the 1965 Voting Rights Act that landmarks Civil Rights Law, and also the 1871 Ku Klux Klan Act. Both of those say it's illegal to intimidate or harass voters when they're trying to vote.
>> Trump has often urged supporters at his rallies to monitor polls for signs of voter fraud. Especially in heavily African American cities, such as Philadelphia and St. Louis.>> That's a big part of their case, is the things that Donald Trump has said on the stump. Saying we've got to go down there and keep an eye on their polls because we know that they're up to some funny business and they're gonna steal the election.
They also point to long time Trump advisor Roger Stone who's running a separate effort of his own. I got Stone on the phone today and he says, hey this isn't voter intimidation, I am just running my own exit pole to make sure that the electronic voting machines are tallying the vote correctly.
>> Many states do allow voter monitoring but nearly all require pole watchers to be identified and approved weeks before the election.