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Posted 9/20/2004 2:34 PM
Party lawyers prepare for post-Election Day trauma
By Anne Gearan, The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — On Nov. 2, the voters will speak. The next morning, it may be the lawyers' turn.
Come Election Day, at least five "SWAT teams" of Democratic lawyers will have their bags packed, ready to go to whichever battleground state might turn into the next Florida.
Republicans have created an extensive network of lawyers in key states, and are flying in reinforcements now, weeks before the election. In Florida itself, Republicans have set up a command post in Tallahassee, the capital where hundreds of outside lawyers descended for the 2000 recount.
Once again, courts and lawyers may play a decisive role in picking the president.