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Election 2000: Palm Beach County Delays Manual Recount

Aired November 15, 2000 - 7:48 a.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

LEON HARRIS, CNN ANCHOR: And yet another development in the on- again, off-again recount in Florida.

Let's go now to CNN's John Zarrella, who's standing by in West Palm Beach.

John, now what is going on?

JOHN ZARRELLA, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Leon, they've decided to delay the start of the recount here in Palm Beach County, at least until 9:30, perhaps later than that. A judge in circuit court -- the Democrats have going to circuit court asking a judge to count the dimpled chad, dimpled chads, the dimpled or pregnant chads, as we've been calling them. They have not been counting those recounts here. So the Democratic Party is asking them to force to county to recount them. So they have decided, we're not going to start until we get a decision from the judge. It was a 2-1 vote.

Commissioner Carol Roberts says, well, why don't we just go ahead and start the recount, and then we can put these questionable ones to the side. But she was voted down 2-1. So there will be no start to the recount here until a judge in circuit court decides on whether they should be counting the dimpled ballots or the so-called pregnant chads -- Leon.

HARRIS: I know this may be early to ask this, but any idea about when a judge might make a ruling on this?

ZARRELLA: 9:30 a.m. hearing. So an hour and 40 minutes from now the hearing, and there's no guarantee that the judge will rule immediately. So who knows, once again, here in Palm Beach County -- Leon.

HARRIS: One thing we do know, John, is that nothing has been guaranteed so far this process. Thanks much.

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