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Wash Post analysis:

Florida tossed 3X more Gore votes than bush votes

Jan. 27, 2001

An analysis by The Washington Post of a representative portion of Florida's presidential votes last November shows ballots for Al Gore were FAR MORE LIKELY to be disqualified due to so-called over-voting than were ballots for G. W. bush.

Is that the biggest surprise since the beginning of the universe itself, or what?

The Washington Post reviewed the computer records of 2.7 million votes, from eight of Florida's most populous counties.

Over-votes -- ballots that are THROWN OUT because more than one candidate for president was selected -- were THREE TIMES more likely to include GORE as one of the choices, rather than bUSH.

The eight counties reviewed included Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach.

The Washington Post found that in Palm Beach, 8,000 so-called butterfly ballots were thrown out because Gore and one of two other presidential candidates -- one listed either above or below Gore -- were selected. Significantly, voters chose a DEMOCRAT in the Senate race TEN-to-ONE on those ballots.

Butterfly ballots are punch-style ballots that were used by Palm Beach County and that listed competing candidates on opposite pages, like a book. Many voters said they were confused by the way candidates were listed on the ballots and said the confusion may have caused them to vote for candidates they did not support.

The Washington Post analysis points to problems either with the way voters used voting devices or the devices themselves.

Beginning next month, CNN, The Washington Post and other media organizations will analyze Florida ballots disqualified for having more than one vote per race or having no vote at all. No actual ballots will be reviewed.

The Miami Herald, on the other hand, is currently examining about 60,000 Florida ballots which have NEVER YET BEEN COUNTED; preliminary results show Gore WON Florida's popular vote: thus the Electoral College "victory" claimed by bush is IN FACT ILLEGITIMATE.

The "real" President, Al Gore, won the national popular vote by 539,947 ballots, AND the state of Florida.

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