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Hand Recount Extension Denied

Wednesday, 15 November 2000 12:00 AM

Democrats vowed to contest Katherine Harris' decision in court this morning.

Harris, a Republican acting in her role as the state's top election official, said the reasons cited by Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties failed to meet the criteria of state law.

"The reasons given in the requests are insufficient to warrant waiver of the unambiguous filing deadline imposed by the Florida Legislature," Harris said, according to ABC News.

Harris said the presidential vote count would stand until overseas absentee ballots are included in the totals by midnight Friday. According to the U.S. Postal Service, about 500 military overseas ballots and 400 civilian overseas ballots have been received so far, ABC said.

Gore spokesman Mark Fabiani said, "Ms. Harris’ attempt to steal this election will never stand."

Denouncing what he called "a rash and precipitous action," Gore campaign chairman William Daley vowed to appeal Harris' decision in state court.

Lawyers are expected to return to Circuit Judge Terry Lewis in Tallahassee, CNN reported. Lewis ruled Tuesday that Harris had the authority to ignore the adjusted returns, but could not do so arbitrarily.

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