Palm Beach Hand Count Delayed

Tue. November 14, 2000 12:00 AM by Newstream

Tallahassee, FL - With a deadline fast approaching, judges in three Florida cities are deciding the fate of recounted votes while Republican George W. Bush's legal team weighs whether to appeal to a higher federal court.

Amid the swirl of legal maneuvers, officials in Palm Beach County voted 2-1 on Tuesday to delay their manual recount until they can clarify whether they have the legal authority to proceed.

The county, a Democratic stronghold, had planned to count, by hand about 425,000 ballots — exactly one week after voters first complained they were confused by their ballots.

Their outcry unleashed a political tide that froze Florida's 25 electoral votes and left Americans waiting to see who their 43rd president will be.

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