All Florida absentee ballots are opened in the presence of Warren ("Probity") Christopher and James ("Integrity") Baker III. After throwing out ballots in which people have voted twice or for Pat Buchanan, Ralph Nader or Goofy, Bush's Florida lead increases from 327 to 328. Bush declares it "a sign from the Almighty" and says he will take office on Jan. 20, "by force, if necessary, though I'm hopeful that won't be necessary."
Jesse Jackson reassures ballot-challenged Palm Beach Gore supporters who have managed to vote for Pat Buchanan that they should "stand up and be proud."...