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Gore Wins N.M. by 483 Votes

Wednesday, 29 November 2000 12:00 AM

The certification came after a stormy three-hour meeting of the State Canvass Board in which Republicans complained about a 10 percent "undervote" in Roosevelt County, which went heavily for Republican George W. Bush. The canvass meetings are usually a formality following an election.

In the certified tally, Gore received 286,578 votes to Texas Gov. George Bush's 286,095 – each about 48 percent – but Gore won the five electoral votes, according to Denise Lamb, director of the State Elections Bureau in the secretary of state's office.

Republicans will send a letter to the judge in Roosevelt County to investigate the 10 percent "undervote," Lamb said, and if an error is discovered the vote might be amended.

Candidates have until Dec. 6 to ask for a recount if they object to the certified vote or 30 days to file a contest – a formal protest of the election.

There were no requests for either Tuesday, Lamb said.

The members of the canvass board are Gov. Gary Johnson, Secretary of State Rebecca Vigil-Giron, and Chief Justice Pamela Minzner of the New Mexico Supreme Court. Johnson is a Republican, while the other two members are Democrats.

Bush held a four-vote lead after Election Day, but Gore gained 500 votes after an error was found in one county.

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