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December 13, 2000 | RONALD BROWNSTEIN, TIMES POLITICAL WRITER
Even if the Florida Supreme Court somehow surmounts the hurdles laid down by the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday night and attempts to resume the manual ballot count in Florida, the state will face an unexpected problem that could add new uncertainty to the result: the possibility that votes either will disappear or be counted twice as counties search to identify their elusive undervotes.
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December 13, 2000
SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES Per Curiam GEORGE W. BUSH, et al., PETITIONERS v. ALBERT GORE, Jr., et al. on writ of certiorari to the florida supreme court (December 12, 2000) ------ Per Curiam. I On Dec. 8, 2000, the Supreme Court of Florida ordered that the Circuit Court of Leon County tabulate by hand 9,000 ballots in Miami-Dade County.
NEWS
December 12, 2000
After five weeks of uncertainty, here's what appears to be upcoming in the presidential election. * Today: Analysts debate whether this date is the deadline, or a guideline, for states to name their electors to the electoral college if they want to shield them from subsequent challenges. After this date, Congress may not be obligated to accept a state's electors. After Florida certified George W. Bush as the state's winner, Florida Gov.
NEWS
December 12, 2000 | From Associated Press
An appeals court on Monday agreed with a federal judge who refused to throw out 2,400 of Florida's overseas ballots, mostly from military personnel, because they arrived after election day. A three-judge panel of the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals said the ruling by U.S. District Judge Maurice Paul in Gainesville, Fla., was consistent with recent comments by Florida's highest court about the workings of the absentee ballot law.
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December 12, 2000 | SCOTT GOLD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Arguing that it was the "ultimate arbiter" of conflicting Florida law, the state Supreme Court here told the U.S. Supreme Court Monday that it did not overstep its authority last month when it extended a deadline for certifying presidential ballots. Responding to a request for clarification by the U.S. high court, the state justices delivered a response that said their Nov.
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December 12, 2000 | MICHAEL M. UHLMANN, Michael M. Uhlmann is an adjunct professor of government at Claremont McKenna College
The Florida Supreme Court has now acquired the dubious honor of being stepped on twice in one week by the U.S. Supreme Court. In the first go-round, the Florida justices were reminded, diplomatically but firmly, that they were a court, not a legislature, and that altering state election law by judicial "interpretation" could easily run afoul of federal statutory and constitutional provisions.
NEWS
December 11, 2000 | JEFFREY GETTLEMAN and SCOTT GOLD, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The Florida Supreme Court, which has already ruled twice in Al Gore's favor, may have one last wild card to play in the high-stakes post-presidential contest. The odds are long, but Florida's highest court still could toss out 25,000 absentee ballots from Seminole and Martin counties and name Al Gore the winner after hearing arguments today.
NEWS
December 10, 2000 | SCOTT GOLD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At 10:34 a.m., the fax arrived from Marion County, horse country in central Florida: "We do NOT know how long this will take." Minutes later, there was another from Duval County, near the Georgia line: "This is tantamount to a guess." And one from Bradford County, near the college town of Gainesville: "We are in a bit of limbo." One by one, the messages--more than 100 pages from more than 30 of Florida's 67 counties--kept the fax machine humming Saturday at the Leon County Courthouse here.
NEWS
December 10, 2000 | MICHAEL FINNEGAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Outside the public library, supporters of George W. Bush hollered at the eight judges inside: "Enough is enough! Bush won!" Inside, the judges sorted quietly through 9,000 disputed presidential ballots from Miami-Dade County, placing them, one by one, into labeled shoe boxes. Soon after lunch came word of the U.S. Supreme Court order halting the hand recounts in Florida. The counting stopped. Outside, cheers erupted. "Gore must concede!" the Bush crowd shouted.
NEWS
December 10, 2000 | DAVID G. SAVAGE and HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
In issuing an emergency order to halt the recount of Florida's ballots, the U.S. Supreme Court all but cleared the way for Texas Gov. George W. Bush to win the presidency. But by issuing the critical stay on a 5-4 vote strictly along ideological lines, the court simultaneously placed itself in the center of the partisan battling over the election, both liberal and conservative legal analysts said Saturday.
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