Text: Fla. Supreme Court Ruling
Friday, December 8, 2000
is the transcript of Fla. Supreme Court spokesman Craig Waters announcing the
court's decision to order manual recounts.
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
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.