Professor Persily: Let's turn back to what was happening in Miami and the canvassing board
. And this was I guess--I'm trying to get the dates right--about two weeks after, I guess, the initial election, was it?
"Visiting statesmen" from both parties descended on the three Southern states in question during the weeks that followed, to witness the tabulation of the vote by the state canvassing boards
, which for all three states were in Republican hands, and perhaps to find a way to influence the outcome.
Rather, he uses it to undermine the Florida Supreme Court's interpretation of the appropriate standard of review of canvassing board
decisions not to recount ballots.
The protest procedure for all of these offices, however, requires that candidates challenge the vote tallies before the relevant county canvassing board
.(92) Even in a statewide election, there is no procedure for protesting a statewide vote tally unless one files separately in every county in the state.
A monitor in Miami-Dade County testified at trial that he observed that three members of the county canvassing board
applied different standards in defining a legal vote....
Mapanoo, who is seating as vice chairman of the canvassing board
, said the district representatives and board members who have been proclaimed are from 1st District (comprising Kawit, Noveleta, Rosario and Cavite), 2nd District (Bacoor) and 5th District (Carmona, Silang and General Mariano Alvarez (GMA) or CarSiGMA).
(166) ("the Manual Recount Statute") create an unconstitutional two-tiered system for counting votes by allowing a candidate to seek, and by allowing a county canvassing board
the absolute discretion to grant, manual recounts to reconstruct "undervotes" only in heavily populated counties where the candidate received a disproportionate share of the vote, thus diluting and debasing the vote of those who voted in counties that favored the candidate's opponent where no manual recount would be conducted.
The results will be announced by the Sarangani Provincial Canvassing Board
, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said.
And the same House staffers who stormed the canvassing board
to stop the recount in Miami-Dade are now storming into the administration.
She refused to extend the deadline to allow time for the manual recounts requested by the Gore campaign, refused requests by Broward and Palm Beach counties to have their manual recount results included in the statewide certification after the deadline, issued a ruling questioning the legality of such recounts that temporarily delayed them from proceeding, and refused to grant an extra two hours to Palm Beach County to meet the extended deadline of November 26 mandated by the Florida Supreme Court, or to include any of the recount results the Palm Beach canvassing board
had achieved so far.
They did, however, think that the Republicans owed them one on the recount, and thus were emboldened to pressure canvassing board
officials in Broward and Miami-Dade counties to run a hand recount that paid ever-greater homage to dimpled chads.
In fact, Herald editors had been preparing for this moment since the day before Thanksgiving, when the Miami-Dade canvassing board
voted to forgo a hand count.