CINCINNATI (AP) — Donald Trump’s presidential campaign has asked the federal appeals court in Cincinnati to throw out a Cleveland federal judge’s restraining order aimed at preventing voter intimidation in the swing state of Ohio.
The Republican campaign wants the full 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to hear its request. Its filing Saturday stated that the order goes against the First Amendment and was issued without evidence of voter intimidation even though Ohio has had early voting for weeks.
The Ohio Democratic Party urges that the order be left in place, saying it’s needed to protect Ohioans’ rights to vote free from harassment, coercion and intimidation.
U.S. District Judge James Gwin ruled Friday that anyone who engages in intimidation or harassment inside or near polling places would face contempt of court charges.