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Gore camp says time is running out for ballot recounts

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A Ryder truck is carrying about 1 million presidential votes from south Florida to the Florida Circuit court in Tallahasee  

ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) -- Attorneys for Vice President Al Gore filed a 50-page brief Thursday morning asking the Florida Supreme Court to speed up the counting of disputed ballots.

The "original petition" asks the Supreme Court to order Leon County Circuit Judge N. Sanders Sauls to count about 14,000 disputed ballots from Palm Beach and Miami-Dade Counties right away. Sauls had scheduled a Saturday hearing to review the ballots from both counties.

Sauls granted a motion by Texas Gov. George W. Bush's legal team to have all of the ballots cast in those counties, about 1 million in all, moved to Tallahassee by Friday in case they are needed. Gore's attorneys had asked that only the disputed ballots be moved.

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Lead Gore attorney David Boies told CNN there was no need to bring all of the ballots.

"I can't see any legitimate reason to count a million ballots that no one is contesting and everyone agrees are fine," he said.

He said the amount of time for counting ballots is limited and that the count may not start until next week if the Florida Supreme Court does not intervene.

"The longer we go on, the more days, the more hours that go on, the harder it will be," Boies said.

Separately, lawyers for Gore filed a response brief at the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington challenging Bush's arguments to stop the recount altogether and certify the election results as of November 14.

The brief also argued that the Florida Legislature lacks authority to appoint its own slate of presidential electors -- a move favored by some Republican state lawmakers.

Congress set Election Day as a uniform national date for selection of electors, Gore's lawyers wrote in the U.S. Supreme Court filings.

Florida voters made their choice on November 7, "although by a vote so close and under a counting process so flawed that the state's courts are still attempting to ascertain ... what the choice was," the brief said.

The Bush campaign must file its response with the U.S. Supreme Court by 4 p.m. EST Thursday.

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