Court Rejects Call for New Vote in Palm Beach County

Published November 20th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

A Florida judge on Monday rejected a petition seeking a new vote in Palm Beach County on behalf of voters who say the ballot for the November 7 presidential vote was confusing. 

Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Jorge Labarga ruled that a new vote being sought by the plaintiffs was not authorized by Florida law. 

The voters claimed that a confusing "butterfly" ballot may in Palm Beach County have skewed the results in the critical state, and that a large number of people mistakenly cast votes for Reform Party candidate Pat Buchanan even though they intended to vote for Democrat Al Gore. 

Henry Handler, a lawyer for the plaintiffs, said the ruling would be appealed to a state appellate court -- WEST PALM BEACH (AFP)  




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