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Delay in Ruling in Seminole and Marty County Cases

Aired December 8, 2000 - 12:27 p.m. ET

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

GARY TUCHMAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Lawyers from all sides just finished a meeting in the court administrator's office. They were told that one of the judges has not finished a decision yet. Therefore, they will wait until 2:00 or 2:15 to release the results of the both decisions. They are about to officially announce what I'm telling you. But the moment of truth here in the Leon County Courthouse is still at least an hour and a half away -- Frank.

FRANK SESNO, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Gary, before we let you go, let's go back and reconstruct. You did say a bit earlier that we had heard that the attorneys for both sides were in, and they were being briefed; correct?

TUCHMAN: The attorneys were in a meeting. They were both being briefed, and they were just told, as they all expected to hear both decisions, that one of the judges wasn't yet completely finished. So all the attorneys, and there are probably 20 of them right now, all walked out and they came out and said we haven't been told anything yet. We are going to have to come back at 2:00, and then we will be told the results of both decisions because they want to tell us both decisions together, instead of just the one that has been completed right now.

SESNO: All right, Gary, and for our viewers, or any viewers who may be just joining us, recap these two cases very briefly, if you would.

TUCHMAN: They are both very similar cases in the sense they involve absentee ballot applications. In both counties, Seminole and Martin County, the allegation is that Republican workers filled out missing voter I.D. information on the applications.

In Martin County, the allegation is, they took the applications outside of the elections office. In Seminole County, the allegation is, they did it inside the office. Either way the Democratic plaintiffs say all absentee ballots should be thrown out because the pool has been tainted because of illegal votes. Republicans say it is all a hyper-technicality. But what could happen with these rulings is one of these judges or two of these judges could throw out enough votes to cost George W. Bush the state of Florida and, therefore, possibly the presidential election.

SESNO: All right, Gary Tuchman, thanks very much. Coming back. Those two cases Seminole and Martin Counties have been delayed in terms of hearing what the ruling are in those cases.

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