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Florida judge issues injunction blocking Democratic Party from intimidating poll watchers

[JURIST] In Florida today, Seminole County Circuit Court Judge Nancy Alley issued an injunction which blocks the Democratic Party from intimidating Republican poll watchers who may challenge ballots which are cast illegally. Republican poll watcher J. Thomas Monk brought this suit after receiving a letter sent to Republican poll watchers by the National Democratic Committee informing them that challenges not based on personal knowledge would violate state law and the watchers could be subject to criminal prosecution. Alley found the letter not only to be misleading but also have a chilling effect on poll watchers in doing their jobs. The injunction blocks local, state and national Democratic officials from "further intimidation, further dissemination of these materials designed or intended to intimidate or unduly threaten the activities of poll watchers who are duly carrying out their responsibilities." The Orlando Sentinel has more.

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