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Hundreds Protest in West Palm Beach

Thursday, 09 November 2000 12:00 AM

And while the mainstream media are reporting the event as all pro-Gore, employees of NewsMax.com, which has its main offices in West Palm Beach, reported that pro-Bush counterdemonstrators were also there.

It was obvious from the Gore/Lieberman signs, and from the usual array of suspects – labor unions, government employees, pro-abortion types, retirees, etc. – that the Gore campaign orchestrated the rally.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson made a speech.

"We have traveled too much, worked too hard, sacrificed too much to get this close to the goal line and drop the ball now," Jackson said.

"It's not enough to vote for a democracy. Democracy requires eternal vigilance. Democracy requires patience. It requires discipline. It requires integrity."

Some people who thought they were voting for Democrat Al Gore claim they mistakenly picked Reform Party candidate Pat Buchanan instead.

About 19,000 of the county's 460,000 ballots were disqualified by county elections officials Wednesday – according to law – because the ballots were each marked for two candidates in the presidential race. A recount added 751 votes to the total for Vice President Al Gore and 108 to the tally for Republican Gov. George W. Bush.

The county is heavily Democrat, with Gore getting 58 percent of the vote to Bush's 33 percent.

Some Democrat voters said they realized their mistake in voting for Buchanan at the polls and were able to get new ballots. Others said they did not notice their mistake until later.

In Seminole County, Supervisor of Elections Sandy Goard said a problem had been identified in one precinct in which a computer memory card may have failed before all the ballots were counted. She said they are taking extra care in recounting the votes from that precinct.

A full recount was ordered statewide under Florida law because the original results for Gore and Bush were within one-half of 1 percent.

Arithmetic errors in precinct ballot accounting forms were made, but she said these did not affect the actual vote count.

In Pinellas County, a second recount is being done after it was learned that an elections worker had failed to recount an unknown number of ballots Wednesday.

All 67 counties had been asked to complete the recount by 5 p.m. Thursday.

"It's been a good gut check for the supervisors of elections around the state, and probably around the country, that the eyes of the world could be upon you and you'd better do your job like you're supposed to do it," Seminole County Republican Party representative Jim Stelling said.

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