Democrats Trying To Block Conservative Group's Ballot Review

By Jim Burns | July 7, 2008 | 8:27 PM EDT

( - Judicial Watch, the conservative watchdog group, is in the process of reviewing thousands of "dimpled chad" ballots in Palm Beach County, but today, Democrats went to court in an effort to postpone the group's ongoing ballot review.

In a hearing before Judge Jorge La Barga in Palm Beach County, lawyers for the Democrats argued Wednesday that 3,300 "questionable" Palm Beach County ballots should be sent immediately to Tallahassee, where another court will soon hear arguments stemming from Al Gore's decision to contest the Florida election.

Judicial Watch, invoking Florida's Sunshine("open-records") law, began inspecting the Palm Beach County ballots on Tuesday. The groups is allowed to look at the ballots, but not handle them.

Judicial Watch Chairman Larry Klayman told reporters his group is studying the ballots to see how the county canvassing board made its decisions and merely wants to shed light on the process.

He says there's enough time for his group to complete its review before the ballots are shipped to Tallahassee.

On Tuesday night, Leon County Circuit Court Judge N. Sanders Saul ordered thousands of disputed ballots (3,300 from Palm Beach County; 10,000 from Miami-Dade) to be brought to Tallahassee under police escort by Friday.

That way, they'll be ready for counting, if the judge decides that's what should happen. More to come.