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9. November 17:- In the
morning a county judge ruled that Harris had the right to refuse
the recounted ballots. In the afternoon the Florida Supreme Court
ruled that Harris may not proceed with her planned final certification
the next day until the court rules on the admissibility of recounts.
Miami-Dade County, reversing an earlier decision, voted for a full
recount. And, to cap the Bush reversals, the 11th Circuit Court
of Appeals denied the Republican lawsuit which sought to suppress
the hand recount throughout the state.
slows Bush grab for power [18 November]
10. November 21:- The
Florida Supreme Court ruled in favor of hand recounts and gave the
counties until November 26 to file results. It validated the votes
gained so far for Gore, reducing Bush's lead to 154 votes. It was
clear to all that a manual recount of the 45,000 undervotes in the
four counties would cause Bush's razor-thin margin to vanish. The
Bush campaign retaliated by describing the decision as "an
outrageous act of judicial overreaching" and appealed to the
US Supreme Court for an emergency review on the grounds that a recount
in these counties constituted a denial of equal protection because
similar recounts were not conducted in the other counties. Of course
Bush had strenuously opposed recounts in the other counties and
had allowed the deadline to pass for asking for such recounts. Bush
representative James Baker hints that the Florida legislature may
convene and select electors based on the numbers certified by Harris.
to vote upheld in Florida S C decision on recounts [23 November]
Bush campaign operatives
and the anti-Castro Radio Mambi put out the call for protestors
to converge on the Miami Canvassing Board the next day.
11. November 22:- The
Miami-Dade Canvassing Board began the manual recount of 10,000 undervotes
in that county. A mob of about 150 at a signal from Rep. John Sweeney
("Shut it down!") began pounding on the doors of the elections
department, chanting, "Stop the count, stop the fraud!"
Several people were trampled and manhandled as the mob attempted
to rush the doors. The crowd chased the county democratic chairman,
screaming that he was stealing a ballot. He had to be rescued by
the police. When officials were told that a mob of 1000 Cuban-Americans
were on the way, they caved in and canceled the recount, claiming
that there was not enough time to complete it. According to the
Wall Street Journal of November 27 the office of Republican Congressional
Whip Tom DeLay was in charge of the operation, making "an offer
that many staffers couldn't refuse: free air fare, accommodations
and food in the Sunshine State-all paid for by the Bush campaign."
Mission accomplished in Miami, the group moved on to harass election
workers in Broward and West Palm Beach. Thanksgiving evening Bush
and Cheney called the leaders of the mob team, staff members of
Republican congressmen, to congratulate them on their accomplishment.
of a right-wing riot-- the Republican mob attack in Miami-Dade
campaign organized Republican riot to halt Miami-Dade recount
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