Report: Florida Court Refuses to Order Recount in Miami-Dade County

Published November 23rd, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

A Florida court of appeals late Wednesday turned down a Democratic request to force Miami-Dade County officials to resume a manual recount of votes cast in the November 7 presidential election, according to CNN. 

The campaign of Democratic Vice President Al Gore has decided to appeal the ruling, issued by the 3rd District Court of Appeals, to Florida's Supreme Court, a Florida election official told CNN.  

The appellate court's decision was seen as another setback to Gore's hopes of overtaking his Republican rival George W. Bush's 930-vote lead in the official but uncertified tally of Florida votes that holds the key to the White House. 

Miami-Dade's canvassing board on Wednesday called off the hand recount of some 650,000 ballots after determining it could not be concluded by the Sunday, 5:00 p.m. (2200 GMT) deadline set Tuesday by the Supreme Court for filing all amended results to the November 7 vote. 

Not long after, Gore campaign chairman William Daley said he would seek an immediate court order to force Miami-Dade to resume the recount.  

The most populous county in Florida, Miami-Dade was one of three counties carrying out a hand recount of ballots at the Democrats' request - MIAMI (AFP)  





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