CANVASSING EFFORT REVEALS 500 UNCREDITED VOTES FOR AL GORE

CANVASSING EFFORT REVEALS 500 UNCREDITED VOTES FOR AL GORE

During regular canvassing of the 2000 General Election returns, the Doña Ana County Canvassing Board discovered an error in the number of votes credited to Democratic Presidential candidate Al Gore.
Because of ambiguous handwriting on the tally sheet for Absentee Voting District 35, the total amount of machine-readable votes credited to Gore on the evening of Nov. 7 was reported to be 120. This number was added to the machine-unreadable votes, which totaled 41, for an incorrect total of 161. During canvassing of signatures, the board noted that the district had enjoyed far heavier voting than was reflected on the tally sheet. A closer inspection revealed that the precinct chairman had entered a “6" that appeared to be a “1" on the portion of the tally sheet that indicated machine-readable votes.

The subsequent correction resulted in 500 additional votes being credited to Gore in that district.
The canvassing process is mandated by law precisely for the purpose of bringing such discrepancies to light before election results are certified or otherwise declared “official.”
Canvassing of votes continues in Doña Ana County. Officials results are expected to be certified Friday, Nov. 17, 2000, at a special 8:30 a.m. meeting of the Doña Ana County Board of Commissioners.
For more information, contact the county Public Information Office at (505) 647-7229 or call toll-free from outside Las Cruces to 1-877-827-7200 and request extension 7229.