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Transcript: Florida Secretary of State

Tuesday, 14 November 2000 12:00 AM

"As of 5 p.m. today the Director of the Division of Elections reported receiving certified returns from all 67 counties as required by law. In the race for president of the United States, these certified results from Florida's 67 counties for the top two candidates are as follows:

Governor George Bush, 2,910,492

Vice President Al Gore, 2,910,192

"The usual practice of the State Election Canvassing Commission is to certify these returns as soon as these compilations are certified by the division's staff.

"In three Florida counties – Palm Beach, Miami-Dade and Broward counties – these counties may be contemplating amended returns based on amended recounts not completed as of today's statutory deadline.

"Within the past hour, the director of the Division of Elections faxed a memorandum to the supervisors of elections in these three Florida counties. In accordance with today's court ruling confirming my discretion in these matters, I am requiring a written statement of the facts and circumstances that would require these counties to believe that a change should be made before the final certifications of the statewide vote.

"This written statement is due in our office by 2 p.m. tomorrow. Unless I determine in the exercise of my discretion that these facts and circumstances contained within these written statements justify an amendment to today's official returns, the State Elections Canvassing Commission in a manner consistent with its usual and normal practice will certify statewide results reported to this office today.

"Subsequently, the overseas ballots that are due by midnight Friday will also be certified and the final results of the election for president of the United States of America in the state of Florida will be announced.

"We will continue to keep you informed of the relevant developments as they occur."

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