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Gore Won't Get the Palm Beach Votes He Needs

Saturday, 25 November 2000 12:00 AM

Gore’s team was counting on more than 400 votes from the last stage of the manual recount, but based on votes so far, he may only gather a handful of votes, nowhere near what he needs to win.

Vote totals now show a net gain of seven votes for Bush.

Palm Beach has used a slightly more restrictive standard than neighboring Broward County uses – and it refused to count a ballot with a "dimpled" chad for a presidential candidate unless the ballot shows multiple dimples for other vote selections.

The head of the Palm Beach county canvassing board, Judge Charles Burton, told NewsMax.com that the board has ignored many ballots that he described as "dinged" – ballots that had a slight pressure on them but were not pregnant or clearly indented.

Asked which candidate would gain the most if such ballots were counted, Burton said such dinged ballots seem to be going both for Gore and Bush.

"We just finished a precinct full of dinged ballots, and Bush would have cleaned up," Burton said.

Burton said that ballots such as dinged ones, and ones that have been objected to by either side, have been placed in a separate stack.

He believes that if the results are contested by the Gore campaign a judge may review all the questionable ballots again.

Burton added, laughing, that when that happens, "I’ll be home laughing, watching the judge look at those ballots."

The judge believes Palm Beach will make the Sunday deadline and plans to work around the clock and through the night if necessary to make the deadline.

"I don’t think Katherine Harris is going to give us a continuance," Burton said.

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