Coakley attorney Marc Elias speaking now, claiming spoiled ballots … Elias is Al Franken’s former campaign attorney. Yep.
They are setting the stage. Here comes the long, drawn out contested race from the (presumably) losing side. Coakley will claim that the other side cheated and there will be all kinds of recounts and recounts of recounts.
From the Coakley website:
For Immediate Release: January 19, 2010
Contact: Alex Zaroulis (617) 549-0358
Campaign Manager Kevin Conroy:
We’ve received several independent and disturbing reports of voters across the state being handed ballots that are already marked in favor of Scott Brown. This is obviously a serious violation, and our legal team is taking immediate steps to protect the integrity of this election.
We do not yet know why this is happening, but you and everyone you know needs to be aware of the situation so that you can carefully inspect your ballot. If a vote has already been marked, you must return the ballot to the elections official, demand a clean ballot, and call our Voter Protection Hotline at 617-351-6866.