Thousands of lawyers ready to battle in Missouri
October 30, 2008
Hundreds of lawyers have been flocking to Missouri, prepared to battle over the right to vote and have those votes counted. Democrats are leading the way with over 1,000 attorneys scheduled to be in the state on election day. The Republicans say that they too have amassed an army of lawyers, but will not give out any numbers.
All involved say that they want to avoid debacles like the last minute federal lawsuit in 2000 that extended voting hours in St. Louis. They expect smaller, but important, battles will have to be fought.
The biggest concern is that Missouri's statewide voter database will end up dropping registered voters from the rolls. These voters normally fill out a provisional ballot, but many groups point out these votes are often ignored or disqualified.
Importance of Missouri
While Missouri only has 11 electoral votes, the poll numbers are extremely close. That, combined with the troubled electoral history of the state, has many seeing a problem free election day as unlikely at best.
Governor Matt Blunt expressed similar sentiments, “I am very concerned about the integrity of the upcoming election. We want to ensure that this voter roll is current and accurate and that every eligible voter is properly registered.”