OLYMPIA, Wash. - President Barack Obama's campaign is recruiting legions of lawyers to handle disputes that may arise from now through Election Day.
Thousands of attorneys and support staffers have agreed to aid in the effort, providing legal support that appears to be unrivaled by Republicans or precedent. Obama's campaign says it is particularly concerned about the implementation of new voter ID laws, challenges to voters and the handling of voter registration.
Obama legal counsel Robert Bauer contends that the GOP has pursued measures to prevent Obama from repeating his get-out-the-vote success of four years ago.
Republicans have legal teams of their own as well as a conservative organization that is training thousands of people to serve as poll watchers. The GOP says it is concerned about people voting fraudulently.
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