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The RNC must explain its poll watching efforts today after a judge sided with a DNC motion


A federal judge ruled Monday the Republican National Convention must explain any agreements it has made with Donald Trump with regards to voter fraud and "ballot security." The deadline is Wednesday at 5 p.m. Eastern time.

The Democratic National Committee had filed a motion against the RNC, claiming it was violating a 1982 agreement to stop intimidating voters. The DNC believes Donald Trump's campaign has intimidated minority voters.

The background

Under the terms of the 1982 deal, the RNC could set up "poll-watchers,"  but they weren't allowed to intimidate voters in any way without court approval, Politico reports. The RNC insists it has complied with that agreement, but Mike Pence's comments in an August town hall meeting rubbed some the wrong way.

""The Trump Campaign and the Republican National Committee are working very, very closely ... all over the country to ensure ballot integrity," Pence said.

More fuel to the fire

Similarly, Trump campaign manager Kellyane Conway told Washington Post reporter Bob Costas she was "actively working with the national committee, the official party, and campaign lawyers to monitor precincts around the country."

Trump has insisted voter fraud is part of a conspiracy to rig the election against him.

He has also urged early Clinton voters to switch to him if the state allows.

The RNC must explain its poll watching efforts today after a judge sided with a DNC motion

WATCH  | However, the only documented case of in-person voter fraud in this election so far has been a Trump supporter who tried to vote twice. Trump seemed to suggest voters should do that to ensure the vote counted during a Colorado rally.

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