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Fla. AG Rules On Overseas Ballots

November 20, 2000

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ Democratic Attorney General Bob Butterworth sent a letter Monday to Florida counties, telling election officials they ``should count″ overseas ballots that bear no postmark.

The capitulation by Butterworth, an ally of Democrat Al Gore, could add votes for Republican George W. Bush, who stretched his lead over the vice president in the state to 930 votes after he won a greater percentage of overseas ballots in a count last Friday.

``No man or woman in military service to this nation should have his or her vote rejected solely due to the absence of a postmark,″ Butterworth said in the letter to the state’s 67 county elections supervisors and other canvassing board members.

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