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High Court Stays Out of Voter-Intimidation Case

(CN) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected an eleventh-hour request from Ohio Democrats to reinstate a voter-intimidation restraining order against Donald Trump's campaign.

The Ohio Democratic Party filed an emergency request for the nation's high court to lift a decision from the Sixth Circuit, which on Sunday granted the Trump campaign's request to block a federal judge's temporary restraining order.

The lower court ruled Friday in Ohio Democratic Party v. Donald J. Trump for President that anyone engaging in intimidation or harassment inside or near polling places would face contempt of court charges.

Democrats said the restraining order was needed to prevent voter intimidation.

But the Sixth Circuit stayed the lower court's order and said the Ohio Democratic Party did not show a likelihood of success on its claims.

The Supreme Court's one-page order filed late Monday denied the Democrats' application to vacate the Sixth Circuit's stay, without an explanation.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said in a brief statement that she voted to deny the stay because she is "mindful" that Ohio law already "proscribes voter intimidation."

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