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There is scarcely a political question in America Tocqueville observed that doesnt turn sooner or later into a judicial one Nowhere has that been truer than in Florida over the past two weeks Going into the election it looked like the presidency would be determined by the candidates positions on issues such as prescription drugs and tax cuts Now it seems likely to turn on how courts interpret obscure state election laws and arcane questions of administrative discretion The most striking thing about the legal battles in Florida is just how quickly the briefs are flying By late last week 24-hour news channels were announcing new filings and rulings at the same breathless clip they were calling states for Bush and Gore on election night A Palm Beach County judge rules that local officials have the option of counting dimpled chads A Broward County judge rules the same A suit is filed challenging absentee ballots in Seminole I used to leave the house to pick up the newspaper says Bush lawyer Barry Richard Now I leave to pick up the next complaint thats been filed By weeks end the legal endgame was focused on two sets of lawsuits proceeding on parallel tracks The Bush campaign had pinned its hopes on a federal challenge to hand counts that now seems to have sputtered to a halt And the Gore camp was relying on the Florida state courts to force a reluctant Katherine Harris the secretary of state to accept votes from hand recounts that it hoped might provide its margin of victory The Democrats bet-the-farm lawsuit began when Harris announced that she would certify the states vote at 5 pm last Tuesday even though several counties were still counting votes by hand Harris told the counties they were legally required to submit their vote totals within seven days of the election Leon County circuit-court Judge Terry Lewis who was assigned
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