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Text: Fla. Supreme Court Ruling
Friday, December 8, 2000

Following is the transcript of Fla. Supreme Court spokesman Craig Waters announcing the court's decision to order manual recounts.

WATERS: By a vote of four to three, the majority of the court has reversed the decision of the trial court in part. It is further ordered that the Circuit Court of the Second Judicial Circuit here in Tallahassee shall immediately begin a manual recount of the approximately 9,000 Miami-Dade ballots that registered undervotes.

In addition the Circuit Court shall enter orders ensuring the inclusion of the additional 215 legal votes for Vice President Gore in Palm Beach County and the 168 additional legal votes from Miami-Dade County.

In addition, the Circuit Court shall order a manual recount of all undervotes in any Florida county where such a recount has not yet occurred.

Because time is of the essence, the recount shall commence immediately. In tabulating what constitutes a legal vote, the standard to be used is the one provided by the Legislature. A vote shall be counted where there is a clear indication of the intent of the voter.

Chief Justice Charles T. Wells and Justice Major B. Harding have written dissenting opinions. Justice Leander J. Shaw Jr., has joined in the dissenting opinion of Justice Harding.

Thank you.

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