Democrats Already Prepping for Wisconsin Recount
They've hired 440 lawyers for 'election protection activities'
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 5, 2012 7:11 AM CDT
Updated Jun 5, 2012 7:54 AM CDT
A voter talks with poll volunteer workers after receiving her ballot prior to voting in the Wisconsin recall primary election, May 8, 2012.   (AP Photo/The Journal Times, Scott Anderson)
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(Newser) – If you wanted a quick, clean outcome for today's recall election in Wisconsin, bad news: Democrats are already openly preparing for a recount, and have hired more than 440 lawyers to monitor polling places and perform "election protection activities," state party chair Mike Tate tells Politico. He says the lawyers will keep tabs on absentee ballots and generally make "sure that we have a strong handle on what's happening out there." Republicans, by contrast, aren't acknowledging the possibility, because Scott Walker is up in the polls.

To even justify a recount, Democrats are making a massive last-minute get-out-the-vote push. Volunteers hope to have visited each voter three times between Saturday and Tuesday, and as of yesterday had knocked on around 940,000 doors and made 880,000 calls. "This is just a monstrous effort that has exceeded anything we even were thinking it would," Tate says. But Republicans, who have greatly outspent Democrats, say they're mobilizing voters, too. "We finally have parity on the ground," says the head of Americans for Prosperity.