Four More States May Recount Votes
Florida’s vote count isn’t the only one still in question during this year’s unusual presidential election. Four more states may see their presidential votes end with recounts.
_In New Mexico, voting tallies released Friday by the clerk in the state’s largest county narrowed the gap between Republican George W. Bush and Democrat Al Gore to 164, with Gore in the lead. That was a change from a previous unofficial Gore lead of 6,825 votes.
Bernalillo County workers still were trying to reconcile a 252-vote discrepancy between the number of votes counted and the number cast in Tuesday’s general election. The overall tally did not include an additional estimated 1,600 ballots that were damaged in some way and were being counted by hand.
A state district judge overseeing the count said she feared the election had been compromised. The state GOP was considering legal action.
_In Oregon, the race may be headed for a recount. Gore was ahead by 6,092 votes. State law requires a recount if the margin is less than one-fifth of 1 percent, or about 2,800 votes. About 40,000 more votes remain to be counted in the state’s mail-in balloting. This was the closest presidential race in Oregon since 1976 when Gerald Ford edged Jimmy Carter by 1,713 votes in a recount.
Gore called Paddy McGuire, chief aide to Oregon Secretary of State Bill Bradbury, a Democrat, on Friday and asked how the count was going. The response: ``I said, ’Well, Mr. Vice President, I think we’re going to pull it out for you.‴
_In Iowa, Republican officials were exploring the possibility of requesting a voter recount in a state that Bush lost by less than 5,000 votes. Bush would have to write each of Iowa’s 99 county auditors by 5 p.m. Nov. 16 or 17, depending on the county.
_In Wisconsin, where Bush lost by about 6,000 votes, there is no automatic recount. But a candidate may request one, and Bush officials said they were looking at that possibility.