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US Electiion Links: Dodgy Ballots & Exit Polling

Buchanan, Ballot Box Controversies
In a separate controversy, Palm Beach County voters complained that their punch card ballots had the names of presidential candidates on two pages instead of one. The voters said it led to confusion and they may have voted for Reform Party candidate Patrick Buchanan when they had intended to vote for Gore.
Contested Palm Beach County Ballot

Full Recount in Florida Will Determine Presidency
Lawyers and advisers for the two nominees raced to Florida this morning to investigate two potentially crucial situations. In one, Democrats claim that more than 3,000 Gore votes in Palm Beach County may have been mistakenly recorded as votes for third-party candidate Patrick Buchanan because of oversized ballots whose lines were skewed.


Computer Woes Slow Oregon Returns
SALEM, Ore., Nov. 8 (UPI) -- Computer problems and late ballots delayed tabulation of election results in Oregon, where seven electoral votes were at stake in the presidential race between Republican George W. Bush and Democrat Al Gore.

Why The Fla. Exit Polls Were Wrong
Samples of voters that contained too many Democrats, a mysterious miscount of the votes in the Jacksonville area and some bad assumptions led Voter News Service, the television network exit poll consortium, to make and then retract two dramatic election-night predictions on the winner of the presidential race in Florida.

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