Four States’ Votes May Be Recounted
Florida’s closely watched 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, the margin of difference between Republican George W. Bush and Democrat Al Gore was slim and the vote count was being closely monitored.
Election officials in Bernalillo County, the state’s most populous county that includes Albuquerque, were withholding the release of about 38,000 votes while they tried to locate 252 missing ballots to clear up a discrepancy in their vote tally.
Not including those votes, Democrat Al Gore had a lead over George W. Bush of 6,825 votes: 269,773 or 48 percent for Gore to 262,948 or 47 percent for Bush.
Election officials hoped to locate the missing ballots on Friday. Meanwhile, the state GOP was considering legal action.
_In Oregon, a recount may also be required by a state law if the margin between Bush and Gore were less than one-fifth of 1 percent, or about 2,800 votes. With about 40,000 more votes to be counted, many in Republican leaning areas, Gore led Bush by 8,485 votes.
_In Iowa, Republican officials are exploring the possibility of requesting a voter recount in a state that Bush lost by less than 5,000 votes.
To ask for a recount, Bush would have to personally 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 a recount. The Bush campaign said they are looking at that possibility.