State briefs

Clinton, Trump

spend election

eve in Pennsylvania

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump will spend the last day of the campaign in Pennsylvania.

Trump will hold a rally at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Lackawanna College Student Union in Scranton. Clinton will stop at the University of Pittsburgh for a noon rally before traveling to a rally in Philadelphia Monday night.

She’ll be joined in Philadelphia by President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, her husband, former President Bill Clinton, and their daughter, Chelsea. Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi are both also scheduled to appear and perform in Philadelphia.

Trump’s running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, will speak in Erie at Penn State-Behrend at 4 p.m.

Eric Trump, the Republican candidate’s son, will also appear in Pittsburgh at 12:30 p.m. and at State College at 3 p.m.

U.S. judges reject Democratic bids aimed

at voter intimidation

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A federal judge in Pennsylvania has refused to issue an order aimed at preventing Donald Trump’s supporters from harassing or intimidating voters on Election Day.

The decision echoes similar ones in Virginia and in a U.S. Supreme Court case involving Ohio.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg noted on Monday that Ohio law already forbids voter intimidation.

The cases are part of a flurry of courtroom efforts by the Democrats around the country to head off what they say is vigilantism by the Trump campaign and its backers.

In Pennsylvania, U.S. District Judge Paul Diamond called the Democrats’ late effort a “mad scramble.”

He said they presented no first-hand evidence of any effort to suppress voting.

A lawyer representing the Pennsylvania Democrats did not immediately return calls for comment Monday.

Justice Dept. to

dispatch staffers to polls in Pennsylvania

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Justice Department says it will send more than 500 staffers to 28 states on Election Day to monitor the polls, including in Pennsylvania’s Allegheny, Lehigh and Philadelphia counties.

Department officials say personnel will be sent to 67 jurisdictions to watch for potential civil rights violations. Monday’s announcement comes amid rising concerns about voter intimidation, particularly aimed at minorities.

The number of personnel is less than the roughly 780 monitors and observers who were dispatched in 2012.

The Justice Department has said its poll-watching presence has been curtailed by a 2013 Supreme Court opinion that gutted a key provision of the Voting Rights Act.

In a statement, Attorney General Loretta Lynch says the department is committed to ensuring that every eligible voter can participate in the election.