It’s Democrats versus Republicans, not just at the ballot box but in a court of law. The case: a Newark federal judge ordering the Republican National Committee to explain how it’s working with the Donald Trump campaign to carry out what Republicans call “ballot security” but what Democrats consider intimidating minority voters.
In a recent visit to Newark, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said the Justice Department would protect the right to vote next week.
“I want to assure the American people that the Department of Justice will do everything in our power to defend it,” she said.
The New Jersey Institute for Social Justice has launched Prepared to Vote 2016, urging voters to call ahead to make sure they’re registered and know where to vote and watching out for intimidation.
“Our 866, our vote number, is staffed by volunteer attorneys who have access to any number of election officials here in New Jersey, including the Secretary of State. But if necessary we can escalate to the Department of Justice. The Department of Justice is deploying federal observers,” said New Jersey Institute for Social Justice President and CEO Ryan Haygood.
Several legal, social justice and political organizations are conducting projects to make sure people are aware Nov. 8 is Election Day and that they have access to the ballot box.
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