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Election Roundup: Expected Close Contest May Keep Lawyers Busy

Posted Nov 2, 2010 7:45 AM CDT
By Martha Neil

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As Republicans appear to be positioned to make significant gains in today's election, which is expected to draw a large turnout, some Tea Party voters may have a decision to make:

If they wear gear such as party T-shirts or the group's "Please ID Me" buttons to the polling place, they could run afoul of electioneering law, at least in some states.

A federal judge in Minnesota has refused to order officials to permit such attire. Hence, officials in Hennepin and Ramsey counties plan to ask voters casting to remove or cover such items, according to the Pioneer Press and the Star Tribune.

Meanwhile, members of their own party are urging voters wearing the gear to be sure they don't lose their franchise over any attire issue.

Election lawyers also may be kept busy dealing with recount issues down the road, as more voters than usual are expected to cast ballots in this non-presidential year and some races may be closely contested, reports the Blog of Legal Times.

More election coverage:

Colorado Independent: "Write-in candidate Curry already ‘pushing hard’ for recount"

KSAX: "Crow Wing County Authorities Investigate Possible Voter Fraud involving Mentally Disabled"

MSNBC: "Not tired of elections yet? Some could go into overtime"

Washington Post: "Technicality sinks suit over ambulance fee fliers"

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