Fact : Republican election officials on the local level applied the same rules to absentee ballots as had been applied in the past.
Fact : The Gore campaign has asked for the same application of the rule from the very beginning.
There has been no change in the position of the Gore campaign.
Fact :Republican Governor George Bush signed a Texas Law allowing for manual recounts.
Under the law signed by George Bush, dimpled ballots count.
Now George Bush opposes this standard.
Fact :The Democrats have acted completely within Florida law.
Florida law allows candidates to request manual recounts when there is a likelihood of significant error.
There is a conflict in Florida law that requires judicial interpretation.
Fact :The FSC has the right and pre-regative to interpret ambiguities in Florida's law.
Fact : The Democrats have said
they would be willing to accept the results of a statewide recount.
The FSC asked if the Republicans wanted a state-wide recount.
The Republicans told the FSC they were not willing to have a Florida statewide recount.
Fact : Bush's camp has taken the low road and used the most divisive rhetoric possible. Most recently, they have misrepresented the facts about Florida's absentee ballots to attempt to use the military to achieve partisan political goals. Bush refuses to meet with Gore and attempt to work out ways of finding common ground. The only unity Bush accepts is under him.