Parties Gear Up for Legal Battle

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The latest polls show Republicans picking up steam among likely voters, meaning that more races for the Senate and Congress could be closer than ever. With the possibility of more challenges at various stages of the electoral process, both parties are mobilizing thousands of lawyers. Republicans are concentrating on possible fraud, Democrats are focused on access, and the federal Department of Justice is sending 800 lawyers to 65 cities in 20 states. How long will it take before we know who’s in charge on Capitol Hill?  Will challenges and delays damage confidence in American democracy? We hear about possible challenges to voter ID, electronic voting and absentee ballots.



  • John Mercurio - The Hotline
  • Rick Hasen - professor of law and political science at UC Irvine; co-director of the Fair Elections and Free Speech Center - @rickhasen
  • Audra Miller - Spokesperson for the Maryland Republican Party
  • Rob Heggie - General Council for the Missouri Democratic Party
  • Karlyn Bowman - Resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute
  • Thomas Patterson - Professor of Government at Harvard University


Warren Olney