Well, obviously, the canvassing board
started up within a week, but the most notorious events, I suppose, happened a little bit later.
Moreover, the canvassing boards
overlooked other explanations besides the intimidation of black voters.
Rather, he uses it to undermine the Florida Supreme Court's interpretation of the appropriate standard of review of canvassing board
decisions not to recount ballots.
Miami-Dade's canvassing board
took a sample and said the differences it found were not substantial enough to warrant recounting the whole county.
In Duvall County, for example, the process had trouble getting started because the canvassing board
members declared they did not have the computer software to cull an estimated 4,967 ballots with undervotes from the 291,000 ballots cast there.
And the brief recited a Palm Beach County Canvassing Board
policy, that was in place on November 7, 2000, that "an indentation is not evidence of intent to cast a vote.
The New Republic described a Republican "ground operation" that involved, besides "now-infamous faux grassroots protests," visits to recount centers by "GOP luminaries," and that emphasized the blatant hypocrisy of the operation: It recounted Michigan Governor John Engler falling asleep during his service as an observer, and then going outside to "blast" the process, and New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman getting along "swimmingly" with the canvassing board
, even complimenting them on how well they were running things, then leveling "the obligatory attacks into the microphones.
Yet it is best read to say that the canvassing boards
had to present tallies to the secretary in a week, though leaving her with the power to extend the deadline.
Since Democrats were then claiming that dimpled ballots should be tallied and Republicans were claiming the opposite, Republicans didn't object as often when the canvassing board
ruled a dimpled ballot a nonvote.
Speaking out of turn, too, apparently, was Pam Iorio, the Democratic elections supervisor of Florida's Hillsborough County; she cheerfully told a reporter, the day the Supreme Court stayed the last official recount, that her canvassing board
had kept right on separating "under-vote" ballots that afternoon, the better to tally them expeditiously should the count resume.
4PALM Beach County canvassing board
is still waiting for the Florida Supreme Court to say if it can start its hand recount of ballot cards.
The speculation led to Nick Stephenson, deputy chairman of MG Rover, canvassing board
members, who all told him they were not party to press leaks and were fully behind the company's strategy.