“The court finds that voter fraud cases are relevant to the claims and protections in this case,” J. Judge Nicholas Ranjan wrote Thursday, telling Republicans they must provide fraud evidence for the Democratic Party and the Sierra Club. which are part of the lawsuit.
Democrats had sought information and documents that would show the steps Republicans took to study the possibility of fraud, particularly related to the use of ballot boxes, ballot collecting and postal ballots in primary elections.
The Trump campaign and the Republicans had refused to do so. But with Thursday̵7;s court order, they must answer questions from Democratic groups and return communications records – or say they have none. Trump’s campaign has until Friday to respond, the judge said.
The Trump campaign “should not be allowed to make such spectacular fraud-related allegations, especially in this national climate,” wrote lawyers representing Democrats.
The issue is one of Trump campaign’s boldest attempts in court to cut mail voting in the 2020 election. The Trump campaign had claimed that mail voting could raise questions about the accuracy of the election results “and ultimately chaos.” , according to the court minutes.
Ranjan, the judge overseeing the lawsuit, was appointed by Trump.
The evidence hearing is scheduled for the end of September.