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Bush no winner

March 3, 2001

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To the editor:

You ran a story Tuesday with the "finding" from a Miami Herald recount that Bush "wins again." In fact, Bush didn't win the first time and he didn't win this time either and the arithmetic is not very complicated.

The one fact in the story is the discovery by the Miami Herald that Gore picked up 49 more votes in its recount in Dade County. Add those votes to the 682 votes that Gore gained in January's Palm Beach recount by the Palm Beach Post, and Katherine Harris would have had to turn Bush's 537-vote victory into a 194-vote victory for Gore.

But Florida's Supreme Court ultimately ordered a statewide recount of all 67 counties in Florida. The final tally will not be known until the media recounts are complete. But as documented on the Internet at http://gorewonflorida.org, Gore's current margin of victory in Florida is 1,017, counting only "undervotes."

The real eye-opener, however, is the huge number of "overvotes," votes that were double marked so that no legal vote for president was recorded. Many of these discarded ballots contain a clear vote for Gore as well as a line through Patrick Buchanan's name to indicate how much they disliked him. If you examine the overvotes across Florida, Gore's margin of victory is nearly 30,000.

When the news media and the Republican propaganda machine tell us to "get over it" there can only be one answer: We will NEVER get over it. This country spent $70 million to investigate Bill Clinton's sex life but can't find a penny to investigate the biggest crime against democracy in our nation's history. If Gore truly won the presidency, we will not give up until justice is done.

Jeanne Lee Cunningham,

Lawrence

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