In the years after World War I, there had been a major revival in the strength of the Ku Klux Klan, the most well known of the racist organisations.By the mid-1920s, the Klan had over 100,000 members across the South and had begun to extend its influence into Northern and Western states.With the new constitution, the Republican-dominated government, and the adoption of the Fourteenth Amendment, the Democratic-controlled government of 18 was displaced.In response to this political upheaval—particularly the guaranteed suffrage of African-American men and the disfranchisement of ex-Confederate Democrats—the Ku Klux Klan soon surfaced and began terrorizing the state’s freedmen and their supporters, as it had in other Southern states. The Ku Klux Klan Act was passed by Congress in 1871, banning conspiracies to intimidate or threaten voters and stop threats and harassment of former slaves and their white supporters by the KKK.
“Since it is our intention to interview voters voluntarily after they vote it (is hard) to see how voters would find this intimidating,” Stone said.
In the March general election, Arkansas voters approved a state constitution, and Republican candidates won the governor’s office and eighty-two of eighty-three seats in the legislature.
On April 2, the legislature ratified the Fourteenth Amendment.
The complaint references a recent report by Bloomberg in which a senior official with the Trump campaign is quoted as saying that the campaign has “three major voter suppression operations under way.” “While the official discussed communications strategies designed to decrease interests in voting, it has also become clear in recent weeks that Trump has sought to advance his campaign’s goal of ‘voter suppression’ by using the loudest microphone in the nation to implore his supporters to engage in unlawful intimidation at Nevada polling places,” the complaint states.
The Voting Rights Act was passed in 1965 to stop any threats or intimidation against voters.
(Conservatives for years have insisted that “voter impersonation”—that is, in-person voting by people claiming to be other voters—is a danger to democracy.