More than 5,000 people were indicted under these laws; a little more than 1,000 were convicted.In 1871 Congress also passed the Ku Klux Klan Act, which allowed the government to act against terrorist organizations.

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In 1882 the United States Supreme Court declared Ku Klux Klan Act unconstitutional.

Over the last two weeks, the Democratic and Republican parties have filed half a dozen warring complaints about poll monitoring.

All sides are seeking emergency relief, calling on judges to consider their cases in the next seven days before the election.

While both parties fight for their lives life in states like New Hampshire, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania, they’re now having to battle each other in court as well.

Republicans would continue programs that prevented Southern whites from gaining political control in their states.

Klan members knew that given the chance, the blacks in their communities would vote Republican.

In 1866, a quarrel between whites and black ex-soldiers erupted into a full-fledged riot in Memphis, Tennessee.

White policemen assisted the mobs in their violent rampage through the black sections of town.

Democrats allege Republicans are coordinating widespread voter-intimidation efforts.