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Obama, Romney teams 'lawyer up' for Election Day vote disputes

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“Elections can be close and it could come to that,” Secretary of State Matt Schultz told the Des Moines Register. At least, he noted, there won’t be a problem with “hanging chads” because Iowa doesn’t use the kind of voting machines that gave Florida such fits in 2000.

In Florida, meanwhile, at least 5,000 lawyers have volunteered to serve as poll watchers for the Obama campaign’s “voter protection” program. Similarly, Republicans are fired up and ready to go in cases where disputes arise.

“Let’s be clear – there are very large numbers of lawyers already deployed – and ready to be deployed with hair-trigger swiftness,” GOP election law expert Robert Kelner told Politico.com. “The slightest discrepancy or hint that legitimate voting is being impeded anywhere will prompt an overwhelming legal show of force. Since the Gore-Bush recount, everyone is on very high alert.”

Bush v. Gore, of course, was the controversial US Supreme Court decision that abruptly ended a recount in Florida in 2000, sending to the White House the man who’d lost the popular vote nationwide by more than half a million votes.

In addition to the campaigns, other political entities are ready to jump in.

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