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Friday, October 17, 2008

ABA working towards a smooth election day

The American Bar Association is doing its part to ensure that the upcoming election goes as smoothly as possible.

As part of its effort, the association is providing materials to prepare state trial judges and lawyers who may become involved in election-related litigation. Posted on the ABA's voting website is a state-by-state directory of election statutes that answer basic questions about who can cast a ballot and when votes can be challenged. The site also contains links to video lectures and a manual on election law produced by the National Center for State Courts and the College of William & Mary Law School.

The ABA is also seeking lawyers to provide counsel through the Election Protection Project. This program, co-sponsored by the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and the ABA, is recruiting lawyers from large and small law firms nationwide to staff voter-assistance hotlines and perform other election-related work. For more information or to register, contact nafziger.jamie@dorsey.com or go to http://www.abanet.org/2008election/.

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