Lieberman Warns against Tuesday Cutoff in Florida Vote Recount

Published November 13th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Lieberman warned Monday against a proposal to cut off a recount of the presidential vote in Florida Tuesday, saying it would "invite" another lawsuit. 

Lieberman said a proposal by Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris to certify the results Tuesday -- regardless of the status of manual recounts being conducted in a handful of counties across the state -- would be "shocking." 

"I can't believe that could be," Lieberman told ABC News. "I think it's shocking. It would affect the legitimacy of the election." 

Lieberman told NBC that if Harris moves to certify the election results without allowing for a manual recount being conducted in several counties, it "will, in fact, invite another lawsuit." 

The campaigns of Democrat Al Gore and Republican George W. Bush were maneuvering in Florida, where a recount showed Bush won the state by fewer than 300 votes, according to unofficial results. The winner in Florida would likely get the state's decisive 25 electoral votes to win the White House. 

Florida Agriculture Secretary Bob Crawford, a member of the state's election commission, said he believes Harris "intends to follow the law" by acting by 5 pm (2200 GMT) Tuesday. 

"If there's a request to extend, you know, certainly we can take a look at it," Crawford told NBC. 

"But we can't take a look at it outside the parameters of the law," he said.  

"And in reading of statute, there's a specific provision that says if the county's certified returns are not in our office here in Tallahassee by 5 o'clock we shall ignore those counties," he continued. "Those are the exact words." – WASHINGTON (AFP) 

 

 

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