Miami-Dade Ballot Recount Set for Monday

By Scott Hogenson | July 7, 2008 | 8:27 PM EDT

( - Election officials in Miami, Florida, Saturday announced that they would conduct a hand recount of the roughly 650,000 ballots cast by county voters in the November 7 presidential election.

The recount, scheduled to begin November 20, is expected to take 10 days, with counters taking a day off on Thanksgiving, officials said.

But the question of the hand recount may be rendered moot depending on the outcome of a scheduled hearing by the Florida Supreme Court Monday afternoon.

The state's high court Friday ruled that Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris could not certify the election results until it had heard arguments by lawyers for the campaigns of Al Gore and George Bush.

Should the state supreme court rule that Harris does not have to consider ballots submitted after the statutory November 14 deadline for doing so, the final tally in Miami-Dade County may be immaterial in the ultimate certification of the election results.

Unofficial results from the November 7 election gave Gore an initial lead of slightly more than 39,000 votes in Miami-Dade County, according to the secretary of state's office.