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Former Florida Elections Director David Cardwell Discusses Ongoing Palm Beach County Manual RecountAired November 22, 2000 - 2:30 p.m. ET
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STEPHEN FRAZIER, CNN ANCHOR: Let's turn now to David Cardwell, who has been standing by for us during the secretary of state's comments.
Mr. Cardwell, I apologize for jumping away from you there to go to the Middle East for a moment. Thanks for hanging with us.
DAVID CARDWELL, FORMER FLORIDA ELECTIONS DIRECTOR: Quite all right.
FRAZIER: Well, things still pretty contentious in Palm Beach County. But as Jeff Flock was pointing out, the numbers are getting very interesting. But he was extrapolating there. He was moving ahead trying to do some math. What's your take on what they've actually realized so far?
CARDWELL: Well, they're continuing with the recount. And certainly, while there is some tension here, it's nowhere close to what you saw in Miami-Dade County this morning. The process seems to be moving along in a relatively orderly manner. There doesn't seem to be the level of aggravation between the parties that we've seen in some other counties.
Right now, they're trying to get the count finished. They're sort of on the home stretch. There will still be a lot of ballots for the canvassing board to try to finally resolve, but at least the counting teams should at this point be able to see the end in sight, which they're probably grateful, hoping they can get off tonight and be able to enjoy Thanksgiving tomorrow at home.
FRAZIER: We heard earlier today from Judge Charles Burton of the canvassing board and it seemed he spelled out rather clearly what constitutes an actual vote there and how they're going to read the intent of the voters.
CARDWELL: Well, this is something that, as you know, has been an issue throughout this recounting process. It's exactly how the intent of the voter is determined. Florida has always followed a very decentralized system of vote tabulation. Each county has adopted...
NATALIE ALLEN, CNN ANCHOR: David, excuse me. We're having to interrupt you again. I'm so sorry, but we want to take you to George Washington University Hospital. An update on Dick Cheney's condition is starting.
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