Collier County Letter to Justify
Wednesday, November 15, 2000; 3:57 PM
Text of letter sent
Wednesday by Collier County elections officials to Secretary of State Katherine
Harris in relation to presidential election results:
Honorable Katherine Harris,
On November 14, 2000, as Collier County Supervisor of Elections Employees were
preparing the ballot envelopes of this November 7, 2000, General Election for
storage, we performed a post election audit of all envelopes to confirm all
envelopes were empty. During this audit, we found 24 ballots had not been removed
from the envelope in which they were received, although accepted and opened
prior to the election, but were not counted. These 24 ballots represent a cross-section
of voters of several political parties upon review of the unopened ballot envelopes.
An additional ballot was received October 18, 2000, and accepted. Upon opening,
it was ascertained to be a ballot card for the first primary election. Upon
further investigation of this ballot, it was determined that the voter had voted
for the general election using a first primary ballot card.
We provide this for your information; we are not requesting a manual recount
of ballots for this recent General Election. We do inquire if the Canvassing
Board of Collier County Florida may provide an amended recount certification
of Collier's ballots by merely adding these inadvertently omitted absentee ballots
to the total ballot counts already certified and provided.
If this amended recount is approved, the count of these 25 ballots will take
place on Friday, November 17, 2000, at 2 p.m. in the Elections Office, M.L.
King Building, 3301 Tamiami Trail, Naples, Florida 34104. This will occur at
the same meeting at which our overseas ballots will be canvassed, however, they
will be certified separately.
Supervisor of Elections