Election 2000: Firecracker--or Bomb?

Compared with the lawyers' arguments about itty-bitty paper dots and the pleadings of grandmothers in tracksuits for a revote, the news coming out of tiny Seminole County has seemed like a strange little sideshow, barely worth noticing. But now both candidates are realizing that the sideshow could potentially decide the election. A lawsuit--filed not by Al Gore but by an Altamonte Springs personal-injury lawyer--demands that the county throw out some 15,000 absentee ballots because of alleged fraud. That would give Gore a net gain of about 5,000 votes, more than enough to win the White House. The plaintiff, a Democrat named...

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