-- Statewide: Republican George W. Bush's unofficial lead is 540 votes if hand recounts and recertified totals from at least three Democratic-leaning counties are included. His official lead over Democrat Al Gore absent any ballots from these recounts is 930 votes. Broward and Palm Beach counties were continuing hand recounts Saturday. Collier County had an afternoon meeting scheduled to revisit its vote totals.
Broward County canvassing board member Judge Robert Rosenberg uses a magnifying glass to examine a disputed ballot Friday, Nov. 24, 2000, at the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
-- Broward County: With all 609 precincts and absentees recounted, plus 1,619 questionable ballots reviewed, Al Gore has a net gain of 487 votes. In other words, Gore picked up a net gain of 350 votes from the ongoing review of questionable ballots. Officials said they had up to 2,000 questionable ballots to count, but they don't know the exact number. They had five boxes of questionable ballots to go through and started on the fifth box Saturday. Republicans complained Saturday that election officials were counting questionable absentee ballots; Republicans said none of the questionable absentees should be considered.
-- Palm Beach County: With results released from 260 of 637 precincts recounted, Bush gained 7 votes.
Broward County canvassing board member Judge Robert Rosenberg examines a disputed ballot Friday, Nov. 24, 2000, at the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
-- The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Friday to hear one of Bush's appeals that seeks to bar hand-counted ballots in the disputed election. The court said it will hear arguments Dec. 1 on overturning the Florida Supreme Court's decision to allow the hand recounts to continue until 5 p.m. Sunday.
-- Secretary of State Katherine Harris plans to certify the election results about 6 p.m. Sunday.
-- Palm Beach County's canvassing board plans to continue counting questionable ballots on Sunday.
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