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  •  I heard it was 3600, the more the better (10+ / 0-)
    •  When it comes to lawyers, quality (2+ / 0-)
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      zesty grapher, wishingwell

      and quantity are two very different things. I'd rather have one great lawyer than a thousand bad ones.

      •  In this case, they're there as monitors/observers. (13+ / 0-)

        So quantity is very important.  On election day, it's all about quick reactions.  If it comes down to a protracted court battle, I'm sure they'll pick the best handful out of those 2500 to go to court :-)

        •  Monitors would make very little difference (0+ / 0-)

          Outsiders cannot get involved in the process with the poll worker and voter; they will get kicked out. And so much is going on at the polling place it would be hard for them to spot anything as far as this goes, even if they were allowed to eavesdrop that closely on the interaction, which they are not.

          Take the "Can't(or)" out of Congress. Support E. Wayne Powell in Va-07.

          by anastasia p on Sat Nov 03, 2012 at 04:17:04 PM PDT

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          •  Sure they can (9+ / 0-)

            Obviously they can't hover at the table where voters are signing in. But they can be just outside that, overhearing heated arguments when someone feels their rights are being violated.

            I was part of the legal observer team in one of the NH primaries (I think 2004), and we were able to resolve quite a few problems -- voter notified someone at the polling place, who called me in the office, who called the elections guy at the AG's office, who called the town clerk, who told the moderator to follow state law and let the person vote.

            And just knowing that there are observers there may cut down on some of the junk.

          •  The lawyers are the poll watchers -- this is OFA's (10+ / 0-)

            core voter protection on the ground.  I think there's a lot of confusion on DK about some of these issues. This is, in part, because each state's election laws are different and because different states/people may use different lingo.  I'm doing voter protection in IA. Each party can send a "poll watcher" or observer. These do not have to be lawyers -- and I hear from OFA the Rs often do not try to recruit lawyers for this.  The poll watcher can try to resolve issues with the precinct election officials, although I agree that it should not be during the encounter with the precinct election official unless someone happens to ask for help.  

        •  The number is critical (0+ / 0-)

          The more volunteer attorneys, the more polling places at which observers can be stationed.

          I imagine the most common issue will be related to challenging voter identities. In 2008, there was someone challenging every voter who appeared to be college age in Hanover, NH (large student body at Dartmouth). It caused lines hours long, because the process for handling voter challenges in NH requires a ton of documentation. The Secretary of State's office had to send people to the site to stop the culprit. Voter challenging is legal, but must be very specific to an individual whose status the challenger can reasonably be expected to know - it can't be done to random strangers by the hundreds.

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