Debacle blamed on large print

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The ballot paper that caused 19,000 votes to be disqualified was designed by Palm Beach County's supervisor of elections, Theresa LePore. Yesterday, she found herself at the centre of a drama with the potential to determine the presidency.

The ballot paper that caused 19,000 votes to be disqualified was designed by Palm Beach County's supervisor of elections, Theresa LePore. Yesterday, she found herself at the centre of a drama with the potential to determine the presidency.

She explained how she had decided to make the names on the ballot bigger to let older voters see them better. With 10 presidential candidates, one page could not contain them, so the names were put on facing pages, she said, adding: "I was trying to do a good thing."

Voters started calling the local Democratic Party headquarters shortly after the polls opened, saying they were worried their votes for Al Gore had gone to Pat Buchanan. Calls continued throughout the day, said Cathy Dubin, of the county's Democratic Party. "They're getting ill, they don't know whether they voted right," she said. "Every couple of seconds someone is calling... crying and saying, 'I don't know what to do'. It's just a mess."

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