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May 06, 2003

Florida Election Supervisors Wants to Destroy 2000 Presidential Ballots

'New dispute brewing over fate of Florida's 2000 ballots, hanging chads' (4/29/03 - South Florida Sun-Sentinel)

The Florida state election supervisors want to get rid of the ballots from the 2000 presidential "election." Why? They say they need the storage space.

"Other than saying, 'Hey, here's the pile of ballots from 2000,' there isn't much use to them," said Kurt Browning, elections supervisor in Pasco County and a former president of the statewide association of supervisors.

The Florida Department of State, which oversees elections, extended the normal 22-month preservation deadline until July 1 to give lawmakers time to decide what to do. But with less than a week to go in the Legislature's regular session, lawmakers have yet to discuss the fate of the ballots.

A Palm Beach County judge already has issued a court order preventing the destruction of the infamous butterfly ballots. Also, suits have been filed to force the preservation of other ballots.

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