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The Deadline

Florida's state courts took center stage today in the continuing tally of the presidential vote. A judge in Tallahassee said the state could cut off its tallying of votes at 5 p.m. Tuesday, but he also said amended returns filed later should be considered at the discretion of Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris. The campaign of Texas Governor George W. Bush applauded the upholding of the deadline, while the campaign of Vice President Al Gore said the judge was really telling Harris to respect amended returns that may be filed later. NPR's Tom Gjelten reports.

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