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Far from the Chadding Crowd

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Far from the Chadding Crowd

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Out-of-state papers may join 'Herald' in pressing vote recount in Florida

While The Miami Herald reels in chad-flecked ballots in its recount of the so-called "undervotes" in the Florida presidential race, a consortium of newspapers that includes The New York Times, The Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times is just dipping its poll into the water.

"We think we're close to signing an agreement with a survey research firm, but we're not there yet," said John Broder of The New York Times' Washington bureau, the newspaper's point man for the consortium. "We all agreed to clam up on it until we have a contract signed. It's clear that we are determined to try and re-examine these ballots. We haven't decided who's going to be in, who's going to be out, who's going to pay for it."

The Herald has extended its ongoing count to about two-thirds of the state's 67 counties. "We've had a minimum of complications," said Mark Seibel, the Herald's metro editor. The paper is focusing on about 60,000 "undervote" ballots statewide that did not show easily discernible votes for president. Seibel said there were about a dozen reporters working full time, and said there were up to 30 more available if necessary. …

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