Independent Review Backs Bush's Florida Victory
Friday, March 23, 2001
WASHINGTON – An independent, nonpartisan analysis of Florida ballots shows once again that President Bush was the legitimate winner of Florida's electoral votes in the November election.
Conducted by the accounting firm of Johnson, Lambert and Co., the survey found, after analyzing 42,724 of the 62,605 ballots reported as "undervotes" in Florida, that a statewide recount of the Florida undervotes "would not have changed the outcome of the presidential election."
"Undervotes" are those ballots where there is little if any discernible marking for any presidential candidate.
The conclusions were publicized Thursday by the anti-corruption watchdog group Judicial Watch, which commissioned the survey.
The Johnson Lambert recount included 25,203 undervotes in the six nonmanual-recount counties of Collier, Hillsborough, Indian River, Miami-Dade, Pinellas and Sarasota.
The results of the firm's inspection "reveal the possible adjustments to the certified state totals had a manual recount been included in these counties."