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Judge: Consider 'Dimpled' Ballots

Wednesday, 22 November 2000 12:00 AM

Partisan Democrats, trying to gain hundreds of votes for Gore, had asked Circuit Judge Jorge Labarga to force the elections board to use a looser definition of a valid ballot.

Palm Beach County since 1990 has followed a rule saying at least one corner of a chad – the bit of paper that gets pushed through on a punch-card ballot – must be dislodged for a ballot to count, Fox News reported. But Democrats don't want those rules to apply this time.

A "dimpled" chad is merely indented and is not properly punched through. Democrats claim that they somehow show a voter's "intent."

The Palm Beach Post reported today that Dennis Newman, one of Gore's most vocal advocates for the counting of dimpled chads, vehemently opposed counting them in a 1996 election in which he represented a Democrat congressional candidate ahead by a slim margin of votes.

The Post quoted Newman as making arguments similar to those of Republicans now, telling the Boston Globe that too much handling led to distorted results. "I don't think they are handled with kid gloves," he said at the time.

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