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Candidates get their lawyers ready for possible challenges

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Updated: 11/06/2012 6:12 am
LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) -- At Clark County early voting sites and Clark County's election department, lawyers for President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are on watch.

“We have a multitude of lawyers who have come to Clark County to in their words help us with our election,” said Clark County Registrar of Voters Larry Lomax.

The lawyers are especially present in swing states where results could determine the presidential race.

According to Lomax, the lawyers’ presence was not always appreciated.

“A lot of the voters saw them and complained about them,” Lomax said. “Voters do not like people hanging around polling places. I've learned that.”

But the attorneys’ purpose could come into play if Tuesday's election is tight.

“Should it be close, then we'll discover what their purpose really was which is probably litigation,” Lomax said.

In such a close race, University of Nevada Las Vegas law professor Thomas McAffee said he thinks the lawyers are looking for any reason to contest results if their candidate does not win.

“(They) want to be absolutely sure that (they) don't get taken to the cleaners,” McAffee said. “It could be just close enough to create a real battle, I think.”

“If it's close as has been seen in Florida, seen in Washington, seen in Minnesota, litigation could drag on and all sorts of new rules can be made,” Lomax said.

That litigation could put Tuesday's results on hold, meaning more of a wait to find out who will be our next president.

Lomax said he expects lawyers to also be observing at each of the 264 polling places Election Day.
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