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Biden adds top lawyers to teams preparing for election legal battles

WILMINGTON, Del. (Reuters) - Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has added top lawyers to his staff and launched a “special litigation” team as his campaign braces for potential legal fights over the outcome of the Nov. 3 U.S. election against President Donald Trump.

FILE PHOTO: Democratic U.S. presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a campaign stop in Warren, Michigan, U.S., September 9, 2020. REUTERS/Leah Millis

Biden’s campaign for months has been ramping up what it calls the largest voter protection program in presidential election history, after Trump repeatedly has suggested without evidence that the election could be “rigged.”

The campaign said on Monday that Bob Bauer, a New York University law school professor and former Obama administration counsel, had joined as a full-time senior campaign adviser working on voter protection efforts with campaign General Counsel Dana Remus.

Marc Elias, a top elections lawyer at the firm Perkins Coie, was running a team focused on “protecting voter access to the polls and a fair and accurate vote count” state by state, the campaign said.

Former Solicitors General Donald Verrilli and Walter Dellinger have been brought on to run a national special litigation unit, and former Attorney General Eric Holder will play a leading role in communicating with “all stakeholders in voting rights,” the campaign said.

Reuters reported in July that the Biden campaign was preparing for a contested election outcome, and that Bauer and Elias were involved in the contingency planning.

Together, the teams are providing legal, communications and political strategies for administering the vote at a time when the coronavirus pandemic and an expected surge in voting by mail have raised concerns that the outcome could be delayed well beyond the Nov. 3 election.


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