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Armed Ballot Convoy Arrives in Tallahassee

Thursday, 30 November 2000 12:00 AM

The truck containing 167 boxes of ballots from Palm Beach County arrived in Tallahassee about 3:40 p.m. followed by two unmarked police cars and a chase vehicle carrying Republican and Democrat observers. On Friday, 654,000 ballots from Miami-Dade County, also under court order, are scheduled to arrive.

Sections of the courthouse were roped off where visitors to the court stopped to watch armed guards carry the boxes from an underground loading dock, up an elevator and into a secure vault.

Lawyers for Vice President Al Gore had asked the court to order 13,000 disputed ballots from Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties brought to Tallahassee for a possible judicial recount in an election contest.

Judge Sanders Sauls on Wednesday expanded the order to encompass all ballots cast in the two counties, on the request of President-elect Bush's legal team. Sauls would not order an immediate recount until an evidentiary hearing is held on Saturday.

Attorneys for Gore filed an appeal with the Florida Supreme Court seeking an immediate start to the recount of the disputed punch cards.

Democrats rallied in the foyer of the courthouse with a press conference organized by the Gore-Lieberman Recount Committee.

Democrats blasted a Florida legislative committee's decision earlier in the day to call a special session to select the state's slate of electors. They have criticized the move as a backup plan for Bush to keep the presidency if Gore's challenge prevails in the courts.

If Gore wins his election contest, effectively overturning the presidential election, the Republican-controlled Florida Legislature could name its own slate of electors. That would pass the 25 criticial Electoral College votes to Bush, giving him the presidency.

Former Nevada Gov. Bob Miller, flanked by a contingent of disgruntled Florida voters and demonstrators, told reporters that Republicans have supported manual recounts when it has benefited them.

"A partisan rush to judgment is not part of our history," Miller said.

Left-wing Florida House Democrat Leader Lois Frankel called the legislature's action a blow to "democracy."

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