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Highlights of Florida's day

Compiled by Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published November 18, 2000

In a victory for Al Gore, the Florida Supreme Court ruled unanimously Friday that Secretary of State Katherine Harris may not certify a winner in the state's presidential election between Gore and George W. Bush "until further order of this court." A hearing was set for Monday. The court stepped in after Harris announced she intended to certify a winner Saturday after the counting of overseas absentee ballots. Democrats want final vote certification delayed until all hand recounts are completed.

The high court ruling superseded a ruling earlier Friday by Circuit Judge Terry Lewis, left, who said Harris may reject hand-counted votes tallied after the state's Nov. 14 deadline.

Broward County's manual recount of 588,000 ballots continued Friday after a circuit judge refused a Republican's request to stop it. Judge Leonard Stafford refused to end the recount, saying GOP activist William Scherer had not demonstrated any emergency that would require immediate action.

A circuit judge held a hearing Friday on several combined citizen lawsuits seeking a revote in Palm Beach County because of confusion about the ballot. Judge Jorge Labarga, right, said he will issue a written ruling next week on whether the U.S. and Florida constitutions would even permit a revote.

Miami-Dade County, reversing its earlier position, voted Friday to conduct a full manual recount. The Democratic-leaning county will count all 654,000 ballots. Gore picked up six votes after a hand recount of 5,871 ballots in three overwhelmingly Democratic precincts.

Broward County resumed hand counting ballots Friday, with work expected to continue through the weekend. Gore gained a net of 34 votes in the early stages of a review of all 588,000 ballots in the Democratic-leaning county.

Democratic observers complained Friday that their Republican counterparts tried to stall the hand recount in Palm Beach County with arbitrary ballot challenges. Roughly 1,800 of the first 16,000 ballots recounted were set aside as questionable to be examined by the county canvassing board.

What's next

TODAY: Final overseas ballots are to be tabulated by noon. Hand counting is expected to continue in Palm Beach and Broward counties.

MONDAY: A Florida Supreme Court hearing will be held Monday on the question of whether all hand recounts should be included in the state's election results.

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