Re: [CNN] Bush 2,909,465; Gore 2,907,722.

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From: Kent Spaulding (
Date: Thu Nov 09 2000 - 07:49:03 PPET

According to a source on the radio (NPR?) yesterday morning (who was
admittedly pro-Bush), that county had a spike in votes for Buchanan during the
88 election as well - he was quite popular in that county. So, this guy
basically said something like "Let's not jump to conclusions - the Buchanan
voters who live in West Palm Beach may simply have gone out and voted for
Pat." His claim was that the distribution of Buchanan support in Florida in
'88 was very similar to the support seem Tuesday.

Does '88 matter or is this posturing to fend of a possible court battle?

David Adams wrote:

> On Thu, 9 Nov 2000, Mb wrote:
> > I don't think the odd ballot was constructed with evil purpose in mind.
> > I read somewhere today (yesterday?) a quote from a Palm Beach Co.
> > election official that the unique layout was chosen because candidate
> > names could be printed in a larger point font. S/he felt it would
> > helpful to older voters. I'll buy that.
> In fact, the ballot was designed under the supervision of the *Democratic*
> county election officer. So any confusion leading to lost Gore votes was
> anything *but* intentional. Some Democratic representatives making the
> rounds on the TV shows are claiming the design of the ballot was "illegal
> under Florida law," but not only was the election officer in charge, but
> the (Republican) Florida Secretary of State approved it, and it had been
> posted in newspapers and public places for days (weeks?) before the
> election.
> -dave

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