Tuesday December 07, 2021

Absentee Votes Boost Bush's Lead To 760 Votes

November 18, 2000

Texas Governor George W. Bush has increased his lead in Florida to 760 votes, following the counting of absentee ballots today.

As expected, the absentee votes favoured the Republican candidate over his Democratic opponent, Vice-President Al Gore.

Attention now turns to the continuing recounting of votes in several counties and to the decision of the Florida Supreme Court early next week. The court will rule on whether Florida Secretary of State, Katherine Harris, is obliged to accept the amended vote tallies arising from the manual recounts.

Manual recounts of votes are now underway in three counties: Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade. The Miami-Dade County Elections Commission, reversing its previous decision, voted 2-1 on Friday to recount the 654,000 ballots cast on November 7.

The three counties comprise 1.5 million votes out of the nearly 6 million cast. There are 67 counties in Florida.

The Gore campaign is pinning its hopes on victory on the recount. An adverse ruling from the court would dash the Democrat's hope of replacing Bill Clinton in the White House next January 20.



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