Statewide Network Of Lawyers Will Be Watching Kansas Election

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Republican Party plans to have a network of lawyers ready to watch voting on Election Day for potential legal problems.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the GOP plans to have lawyers on standby, as they watch for what state GOP party director Clayton Barber calls "dubious actions" by Democrats. The newspaper says the plans were detailed in an email from Barber.

The email says poll watchers will be watching for any improper procedures, illegal electioneering near polling places and improper contact with voters.

Jason Perkey, director of the Kansas Democratic Party, said Democrats will defend everyone's right to vote. He also objected to Barker's accusation that Democrats engage in "dubious tactics."

Barker says he was not referring to Democrats specifically but to any possibility of voter fraud.

Additionally, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom announced that a federal prosecutor will be on duty election day to respond promptly to complaints of possible election fraud and voting rights violations.

Grissom said he does not expect any problems during the voting, but warned that there are penalties under federal law for any efforts to fraudulently influence the outcome of the election or to improperly prevent another person from exercising the right to vote.

Citizen complaints about possible violations of the federal voting rights laws can be made directly to the Civil Rights Division’s Voting Section in Washington by phone at 1-800-253-3931 or 202-307-2767, by fax at 202-307-3961, by email to voting.section@usdoj.gov, or by complaint form at http://www.justice.gov/crt/complaint/votintake/index.php.