US Elections 2016: Final countdown

Election Briefs: Democrats allege voter scare tactics

Democrats allege voter scare tactics

WASHINGTON • The Democratic National Committee has asked a judge to block the Republican Party from supporting efforts to discourage minorities from voting based on Mr Donald Trump's claims that the presidential election is "rigged".

In a pre-emptive strike against what it called a coordinated effort to intimidate voters, the Democratic Party's governing body alleged on Wednesday that the Republican National Committee (RNC) is violating a court order in a case that started 35 years ago.

The RNC is supporting Mr Trump's recruitment of so-called watchers at polling places, which is in breach of consent decrees that forbid the group from engaging in ballot-security measures, according to a filing in federal court in Newark, New Jersey.


Trump's Walk of Fame star defaced

LOS ANGELES • An axe-wielding protester hacked out the gold lettering and television logo on Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Wednesday. A man who identified himself to a local news agency as James Lambert Otis said he was the vandal. He added he had intended to remove the entire star, but was unable to lift the slab.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 28, 2016, with the headline 'Election Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe