October 23, 2004



This cartoon is from the run-up to the 2002 congressional elections. Unfortunately, it's still relevant. AFP reports: Kerry campaign deploys army of lawyers in Florida. (Via Little Green Footballs)

Still reeling from the 2000 election debacle in Florida, Democrats have deployed an army of lawyers in the battleground state that gave George W. Bush the presidency after five weeks of recounts and legal wrangling.

Less than two weeks from the November 2 presidential election, the legal team of Democratic contender John Kerry, as well as activist groups, have already filed a number of voting-related lawsuits in the state.

Many Democrats claim the Republicans stole the 2000 election after the Supreme Court halted 36 days of recounts and legal battles in Florida, leaving Bush with a 537-vote lead in the state that delivered him the presidency.

While both sides expect some trouble this time around, analysts generally doubt it will descend to the level of the last election, when lawyers, party leaders and state officials battled over hanging chads, butterfly ballots and other electoral oddities that turned Florida into an international laughing stock.

Posted by Forkum at October 23, 2004 08:08 PM