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Election Officials Glad for a Quiet Finish

From Times Wire Services

It was a wish come true for the state’s elections officials: no cameras, few questions and a clear decision.

Unlike four years ago, when scores of television satellite trucks and hundreds of reporters camped outside the Capitol in Tallahassee, the state canvassing board quietly certified the results of the Nov. 2 general election, in which President Bush captured the state’s 27 electoral votes by a comfortable margin.

“I think everyone is glad the election has come and gone,” Secretary of State Glenda E. Hood said.

But referring to a handful of staff members and a couple of reporters observing the certification, she added, “It’s a little lonesome.”

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Things were so routine that the canvassing board members who voted called in from home with their approval.


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