NPR's Debbie Elliot reports from Tallahassee that Florida election officials say that a recount of the state's ballots may not be completed until the end of business tomorrow. Out of nearly six million votes cast, Bush leads Gore by a mere 1800 votes. Absentee ballots could determine the outcome and there have also been a rash of complaints over defective ballots in a heavily Democratic section of the state which reported a high number of votes for Pat Buchanan. Under state law, a recount is mandatory when results are this close. Whoever wins Florida is the next president.
Copyright 2000 NPR