The Florida Supreme Court has reversed a decision made earlier today by Leon County Circuit Court Judge N. Sanders Sauls to stop manual
recounts. The decision was reached by a 4-3 vote. Recounts are to begin immediately.
The court also ordered 383 votes to be added to Gore’s total, which reduces Governor Bush’s lead to 154 votes.
The Bush campaign has already announced their intention to appeal the decision to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Vice President Al Gore won a major victory today in his courtroom quest for the presidency when the Florida Supreme Court said that thousands of disputed ballots should be counted by hand immediately.
The court ruled 4-3 in favor of an appeal filed by the Al Gore campaign regarding a dispute of hand counted votes. The high court said the standard to be used to count votes “is the one to be provided by the legislature,” which requires the ballot to show “a clear intent of the voter.”
The legislation contemplated by GOP leaders could set up a contest between two rival Florida slates when the Electoral College votes are cast Dec. 18 and then counted in Congress on Jan. 6. That, in turn, could ratchet up the controversy even further in the contest to pick a president.