Transcript: Craig Waters announces decision in Florida Supreme Court presidential election case
The court today has issued its opinion in the case of
Albert Gore Jr. v. Katherine Harris, George W. Bush and others. Paper
copies of that opinion will be available here at the front door as
soon as possible after I finish this statement. The opinion also will
be posted on our duplicate web sites as soon as possible.
The court has authorized the following statement.
"By a vote of four to three, the majority of the court has
reversed the decision of the trial court in part. It has further
ordered that the Circuit Court of the 2nd Judicial Circuit here in
Tallahassee shall immediately begin a manual recount of the
approximately 9,000 Miami-Dade ballots that registered undervotes.
"In addition, the Circuit Court shall enter orders ensuring the
inclusion of the additional 215 legal votes for Vice President Gore in
Palm Beach County and the 168 additional legal votes from Miami-Dade
"In addition, the Circuit Court shall order a manual recount of
all undervotes in any Florida county where such a recount has not yet
"Because time is of the essence, the recount shall
commence immediately. In tabulating what constitutes a legal vote,
the standard to be used is the one provided by the legislature, 'a
vote shall be counted where there is a clear indication of the intent
of the voter'."
Chief Justice Charles T. Wells and Justice Major B. Harding have
written dissenting opinions. Justice Leander J. Shaw Jr., has joined
in the dissenting opinion of Justice Harding.
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