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Still Counting: CPA Firm Joins Florida Ballot Count

Judicial Watch, the independent watchdog group, has been authorized by Palm Beach County Circuit Court Judge Jorge La Barga, to access and count the county's disputed presidential ballots, including oversees absentee ballots.

Over 400 citizens from across the country are joining the effort, converging on Palm Beach County to scrutinize the ballots.

The non-partisan group, Judicial Watch, will use statistical and accounting techniques, with the aid of members of the local Johnson Lambert & Co. firm, to test the accuracy of the machine counts.

The recount began at 10 a.m. Tuesday, and is currently being disputed in Judge La Barga's circuit court by both the Bush and Gore groups. The Gore group is attempting to prevent Judicial Watch from examining disputed ballots, claiming that they (the Gore group) intend to physically remove the ballots from Palm Beach County and take them to Leon County, where the local court is listening to the group's objections to the state vote count.

Judicial Watch, Inc. was established in 1994 to serve as an ethical and legal "watchdog" over our government, legal, and judicial systems to promote a return to ethics and morality in our nation's public life. The group is a non-partisan, non-profit foundation based in Washington, D.C., and has offices throughout the country.

Court Cases Abound
Meanwhile, like brushfires popping up throughout the charred landscape, Gore and Bush camps are participating in several ongoing court cases in Florida counties.

It would appear that the battle for who gets to occupy the White House is far from over.

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