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Saturday, Nov. 18, 2000 2:54 p.m. EST
At a press conference in Austin Saturday afternoon, the George Bush Recount team indicated massive vote fraud was taking place in the Florida manual recount.

In her harshest rhetoric yet, Bush spokeswoman Karen Hughes said that the vote recount under way in three highly Democratic counties is "distorting" the vote.

She said there is "compelling evidence" that officials in the three counties are attempting to overturn the election results.

Montana Gov. Mark Racicot, who heads up Bush's monitoring of the Florida recount, said something was "terribly, terribly wrong" in the vote recount.

He noted that all election canvassing boards are controlled by Democratic partisans.

Racicot outlined what has been taking place in Palm Beach:

1. Chads have been taped to the backs of cards to hide votes for Gov. Bush.

2. Theresa LePore, the Democratic elections supervisor, is ignoring evidence of irregularities.

3. Ballots with votes for Bush were put in stacks of Gore votes. LePore has refused to correct the errors.

4. A Democratic observer admitted that the piles had been "sabotaged" overnight.

5. Counters are using ballots as fans and have been asked by Judge Burton to stop the practice.

6. Post-it notes are being used on the cards to distort the votes.

7. Exhausted and elderly counters have been used to do the recount.

8. The recount room is poorly lit and some counters have resorted to using flashlights.

9. Twenty to 60 ballots were dropped on the floor and staff were seen walking over ballots.

10. Things are in such chaos that two precincts had to be manually recounted twice.

In Broward county, Racicot that

1. Observers are also serving as counters.

2. Different counting table have different standards.

3. Confusion reigns in the recount, with ballots being moved from table to table without direction.

4. Chad has been found on floors and tables.

5. Rules have been changed.

Racicot also angrily charged that many military ballots have been disqualified in an effort to help Gore.

He also cited a Miami Herald report that said convicted felons and prisoners had illegally voted – including murderers and rapists.

Saturday, Nov. 18 2000
The Miami Herald is reporting today that "[a]t least 39 felons – mostly Democrats – illegally cast absentee ballots in Broward and Miami-Dade counties in the Nov. 7 elections."

Gov. Mark Racicot, speaking for Gov. Bush, said today that if the numbers are extrapolated throughout Florida, they suggest that as many as 2,000 felons voted in the presidential election.

The Herald noted that the voters include citizens whose "convictions range from murder and rape to drunk driving and passing bad checks. One is on the state's registry of sexual offenders. Three were registered under Social Security numbers different from those on their criminal records. One is even a poll worker."

Under Florida state law, felons are banned from voting.

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