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Election 2000: Americans Sound Off About the Florida Election Recount

Aired November 9, 2000 - 2:46 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

LOU WATERS, CNN ANCHOR: The presidential election, of course, remains on hold. And it's all America is talking about. And CNN's "TALKBACK LIVE" host Bobbie Battista is keeping track of it all.

Bobbie, what are you hearing?

BOBBIE BATTISTA, "TALKBACK LIVE": Well, I was busy talking to the audience. I almost didn't hear you.

WATERS: I saw that. I know. I was going to tap you on the shoulder there and...

BATTISTA: Excuse me.

We are just -- just beginning to talk about it with the audience, Lou. And there is some definite feelings about voting-system problems, and whether or not the folks in Palm Beach should have a second chance at voting. Do we have folks in the audience who have a feeling about that one way or the other?

Karen?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Karen is from Florida.

BATTISTA: You're from Florida?

KAREN: I am from Florida.

BATTISTA: Where?

KAREN: Bradenton, Florida.

BATTISTA: Any problems in Bradenton, or do we not want to go into that?

KAREN: No, I don't know that there were too many problems in Bradenton. But I...

BATTISTA: OK, how do you feel about Palm Beach?

KAREN: I believe that they should have a revote. I think it's only fair. I don't think too many people would change their vote. And if they did, well, you know, that's the chance you have to take. BATTISTA: And who disagrees with that? Up here on the top row -- Susan.

SUSAN: I disagree. They had a chance to look at the ballot ahead of time, like everybody else. The ballot was looked at by both camps. I take my responsibility to vote very seriously and take my time. If I don't understand the ballot -- and I have had all kinds of confusing ballots over the years voting -- I take my time or ask a question. And they voted. They shouldn't get a chance to vote again. You vote once. That's it.

BATTISTA: So you -- you want to hold everyone to your standard -- which a good thing.

Kimberly, you had your hand up?

KIMBERLY: Yes. With 19,000 votes being recalled, I think that's a lot of votes. And that's a huge issue in that county. A lot of the residents in Palm Beach County are over 65. So it was a lot of confusion going on that day. I mean, the supervisor of elections had to send an e-mail out to everyone at 4:00. Obviously, there was a problem.

BATTISTA: And up to back row up back there to...

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Panama City, Florida.

BATTISTA: Jennifer is from Panama City, Florida.

JENNIFER: I think they should not be able to vote again. They get the ballot ahead of time. And they can read the ballot and decide how to fill it out.

BATTISTA: All right. Let me do a couple of e-mails on this. Jack in Virginia says: "Mr. Bush and the Republicans have talked a great deal about trust, honor and integrity. It's time for them to walk the walk and concede this allegation on moral grounds, if evidence suggests that he did not win."

Dustin in Mississippi says: "The people of West Palm Beach had the opportunity to dispute that ballot layout before the election. The votes should not be counted."

Anyway, that -- we have a -- oh, we have a phone call. Let me take that really quickly before we throw back. Natalie is in Minnesota -- Natalie.

NATALIE: Hi.

BATTISTA: Hi. What are your thoughts?

NATALIE: My thought is, as a voter, you alone have the responsibility to accurately fill out your ballot. If you have a question -- if you have a problem, you need the ask a question. Once that ballot is turned in, there is no going back. Every voter should know that you cannot select more than one candidate or the ballot is invalid. And back in 1996, that same county had to throw out 14,000 ballots for that same reason. We're going back to a time, well -- of: Well, it's not my fault.

And you know, we have got to get past that. And it's just sad to see this happening in our country.

BATTISTA: All right, Natalie, thanks very much.

NATALIE: OK. Bye-bye.

BATTISTA: And up to the audience again.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Lee. Lee is from New Orleans.

BATTISTA: Lee.

LEE: Yes, I was not sure what the numbers came out, where they said they had the same, like for president, and two different ones were chosen. If that number was high, I think it clearly shows it was a misdirect -- not misdirected -- but there -- it's an error. It wasn't somebody went in there -- I mean, if one or two did that, that is fine.

That should be disqualified. But if it were thousands, as I think I am hearing, then that clearly shows there was a problem handling the ballot. And I think they should be able to revote.

BATTISTA: All right, that is just a sampling of what you'll hear from the voters on the situation in Florida, particularly Palm Beach. We will talk about more about it at the top of the hour when "TALKBACK LIVE" comes your way.

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