Briefly: Lawyers hired to watch over election

For Tuesday’s national elections, both the Republican and Democratic parties have pledged to flood polling stations — including those in New Haven — with lawyers. The parties have said the lawyers will ease the voting process and enforce regulations against fraud. Since the contentious 2000 elections, in which efforts by lawyers on both sides in Florida played a decisive role, political candidates have relied on lawyers to defend their interests at the polls. This year, the Obama campaign is mobilizing 6,000 lawyers in Florida alone. The numbers are not quite as large for Connecticut, however; Yale Law School officials estimate approximately 100.

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