Election notes posted on TheGreenPapers.com home page
Saturday, November 11, 2000
States with close races (all numbers are unofficial):
As of 7 PM EST, 9 November (0000 UTC, 10 Nov), the office of the FLORIDA Secretary of State has announced that several counties would like to recount the recount; under State law, the counties have until Tuesday 14 November to do so... then, since valid overseas absentee ballots can be received through Friday 17 November (and keep in mind that there is no way of really knowing how many overseas absentee ballots will be returned in toto), it will not be until after that latter date that the FLORIDA vote for President can be officially certified and the 25 Presidential Electors from that State officially declared "appointed" as per the Constitution of the United States.
The office of FLORIDA Secretary of State has issued official numbers re: the FLORIDA recount which differ from those issued by the Voter News Service and other media (which had a margin for Bush of 327 votes after all 67 counties had been recounted)
This official tally (with 66 of the 67 Counties counted) is:
margin for Bush: 961
The outstanding county in the official tally is Palm Beach County (because of all the controversy surrounding the voting in that county), a county which presumably- based on earlier counts (without taking into account the 19,200 invalidated ballots which are the main focus of the controversy)- will significantly reduce Governor Bush's margin. Palm Beach County is beginning a hand count of the ballots requested on behalf of Vice President Gore on Saturday 11 November. (The previous Palm Beach recount gave 751 votes to Gore and 108 votes to Bush.)
It is the considered opinion of "The Green Papers" (taking into account the trend of the recount) that, when the subsequent recount(s)- are completed and finally certified and announced, the final vote in FLORIDA will end up determining that Governor George W, Bush of Texas has, indeed, won the State of FLORIDA, will thereby gain 25 more Electoral Votes which will, in turn, give him 271 to Vice President Gore's 262 and, thus, make George W. Bush, Republican, the 43d President of the United States of America. Therefore, "The Green Papers" has once again posted FLORIDA as being in the Bush column but with the caveat that this is pending the outcome of any potential legal challenges to Governor Bush's victory in the State on behalf of the presidential candidacy of Vice President Gore.
Popular vote (national margin 222,880 for Gore)