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Gore OKs New Supreme Court Appeal

November 29, 2000

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ Vice President Al Gore authorized a new appeal to the Florida Supreme Court on Wednesday, sending his legal team back to the site of one of his biggest legal victories, The Associated Press has learned.

Gore approved an appeal to the state’s highest court seeking an immediate recounting of disputed votes in two southern Florida counties that were not included in the totals certified by the secretary of state, two Democratic officials said.

The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Gore’s lawyers in papers to be filed later Wednesday would ask the justices to do one of two things:

_ Supervise and direct the counting of ballots themselves.

_ Order a judge in Tallahassee to begin doing so immediately, overturning an earlier ruling.

Circuit Judge N. Sanders Sauls on Tuesday refused to hear Gore’s request on an expedited basis. Instead, he ordered a hearing for Saturday and ordered that disputed ballots from Miami-Dade county be transferred to Tallahassee.

The Gore appeal will ask that counting begin while Sauls considers whether the new number should be added to the official state tally, the Democratic officials said.

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