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Lawyers gird for possible recounts
New Jersey Star Ledger ^ | 10/28/12 | Emily Schultheis contributed to this repor

Posted on 10/29/2012 2:53:30 AM PDT by markomalley

As the frenzied race for the White House comes down to the wire, tens of thousands of partisan lawyers are mobilizing under the radar in battleground states, all steeling for one terrifying scenario: a recount that could decide the presidency.

Their objective is to head off a repeat of the Gore-Bush fiasco 12 years ago in which Al Gore won the popular vote and George W. Bush captured the Electoral College and ultimately the presidency.

"They are all bracing for Florida in 2000 -- everyone wants to be in position so as not to be disadvantaged by a court decision in a tie," says Steve Schmidt, who ran John McCain's 2008 campaign. "This [is] a preventive strategy. They are largely in search of problems that don't yet exist. It's like the Cold War and nuclear capability. You want to have what the other guy has. "

And that adds up to [a] lot. At least 5,000 lawyers in Florida alone have volunteered to serve as poll watchers for the Obama campaign "voter protection" program on Election Day -- and that's just the Democrats.

There is similar intensity on the Republican side.

"Let's be clear -- there are very large numbers of lawyers already deployed -- and ready to be deployed with hair-trigger swiftness," says Robert Kelner, a GOP election law expert who worked on the Florida recount. "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."

(Excerpt) Read more at nj.com ...


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1 posted on 10/29/2012 2:53:35 AM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley
“Because of the unprecedented disruption of our transit and power systems, I am declaring a State of Emergency and canceling the Nov.5 election until such time as these can be restored.”
President Barak Obama
2 posted on 10/29/2012 3:18:55 AM PDT by Vinnie (A)
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To: markomalley

One day these people will go too far.


3 posted on 10/29/2012 3:32:36 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: markomalley

If Obama is cheating and committing voter fraud now; you can bet he did in 2008 and his other elections.


5 posted on 10/29/2012 3:43:43 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: freekitty

If Romney wins with out Pennsylvanian, Eww Yuck, And the rest of New Soviet Union err I mean New England why will a recount be needed?


6 posted on 10/29/2012 3:48:09 AM PDT by Fai Mao
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To: markomalley

Obama lawyers are girdling?


7 posted on 10/29/2012 3:49:34 AM PDT by iowamark
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To: markomalley

Send lawyers, guns and money!


8 posted on 10/29/2012 4:06:37 AM PDT by Tallguy (It's all 'Fun and Games' until somebody loses an eye!)
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To: markomalley
Recounts aren't necessary in blow-out landslides.
9 posted on 10/29/2012 4:11:23 AM PDT by 2111USMC (aim small, miss small)
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To: 2111USMC

That is why it HAS to be a blow out victory

If it is close obama will take it - one way or the other


10 posted on 10/29/2012 4:16:04 AM PDT by silverleaf (Age Takes a Toll: Please Have Exact Change)
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To: markomalley

“Terrifying scenario”, myass.

The ambulance chasers WANT a recount. The legal industry is in the tank for the Kenyan. Not to mention the money involved with all that legal consulting.

Always follow the money.


11 posted on 10/29/2012 4:55:17 AM PDT by Old Sarge (We are officially over the precipice, we just havent struck the ground yet...)
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To: markomalley

Thanks to Zero, I hate the phrase....”Lets be clear.” Finger nails on a chalk board.


12 posted on 10/29/2012 4:59:18 AM PDT by elephant
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To: markomalley

I don’t expect to have Hussein’s stuttering vengeful “concession” speech delayed any longer than we’ve already been waiting for on the evening of Nov. 6.

I am curious as to why all the hype about a LONG-LASTING storm a week before Election Day, politicizing the weather again. Are the leftist freaks planning to blame it for low Hussein Head turnout?


13 posted on 10/29/2012 5:23:00 AM PDT by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: markomalley

They won’t accept it if most of the American public gets its head out of its a$$ and votes Republican.


14 posted on 10/29/2012 5:29:13 AM PDT by I want the USA back (Democrat party: criminal enterprise masquerading as a political party.)
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To: treetopsandroofs
I am curious as to why all the hype about a LONG-LASTING storm a week before Election Day,


15 posted on 10/29/2012 5:39:39 AM PDT by WVKayaker ("Mitt Romney couldn't keep up with lies and spin of Barack Obama" - Sarah Palin 10/24)
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To: Venturer

Indeed. This election can’t be close. It can’t be another Fla 2000, or we’re in for a civil war.


16 posted on 10/29/2012 5:46:43 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: markomalley

Do these “vote-watching’ lawyers get reimbursed by the Democrats or the government?


17 posted on 10/29/2012 5:49:07 AM PDT by tbw2
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To: All

This is an Eeyore rich thread...”Oh Gawd we can’t win, we have to win by at least 5% to prevent Obama from stealing it, all is lost, they always win...” Next Wednesday we need an outing of all the Concern Trolls,banning and shaming is in order.


18 posted on 10/29/2012 5:50:04 AM PDT by pburgh01
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To: markomalley
...in which it is possible that Al Gore may have won the popular vote and George W. Bush captured the Electoral College...

Fixed it.

19 posted on 10/29/2012 6:27:11 AM PDT by sima_yi ( Reporting live from the far North)
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To: Vinnie
Remember, "Never let a good crisis go to waste". My big fear is that as everyone, especially in affected states, turns their attention to Hurricane Sandy, that the Obama campaign will be cheating-- stuffing in absentees, throwing out absentees, or somehow rigging the system.
20 posted on 10/29/2012 6:47:04 AM PDT by polstar123
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To: iowamark
Obama lawyers are girdling?

You really wanna see Gloria Allred let it all hang out?


21 posted on 10/29/2012 6:51:11 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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