Democrats claim that the 19,000 spoiled ballots in Palm Beach County
is a huge number and is due to supposedly flawed and confusing "butterfly
ballots," but Republican Duval County (Jacksonville), with only 61% as many
votes cast, had 26,000 spoiled ballots. Atlanta and Chicago (home of Gore
campaign head Bill Daley) also both had a higher percentage of spoiled ballots.
A Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll of Florida adults
published last Thursday showed that when asked, "Who do you think should be
declared the winner of the presidential election in Florida?" 41% answered Bush,
23% said Al Gore and 31% said, "Too soon to say." Another poll, this one
conducted by Harris Interactive–formerly Louis Harris &
Associates–surveyed more than 120,000 voters via the Internet and found that 94%
opposed a hand count of ballots in only four counties. About 30% would hand
count the entire state while 40% opposed any hand count at all. Just over
half–52%–of the voters said Bush should be President.
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