Did Bush camp err on ballot papers?
TALLAHASSEE – After the Florida election fiasco of 2000, the most obscure parts of state election law keep attracting attention. The latest effort to disqualify Ralph Nader as a presidential candidate in Florida has led to renewed scrutiny of papers filed by other candidates – including President Bush. State law sets a Sept. 1 deadline for the governor to certify a list of presidential electors for each party’s candidates. But Sept. 1 was also the day President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney were being nominated at their party’ convention in New York. Consequently, some of their paperwork did not arrive at state elections headquarters until Sept. 2, a day after Gov. Jeb Bush certified the candidates for president. Paperwork problem? No, says Secretary of State Glenda Hood’s office. Spokeswoman Jenny Nash said Friday the law is clear: The deadline applies to the governor and the list of presidential electors, not to the candidates themselves. The list of Republican electors release