Democrats argue that this is a partisan move, as Harris was co-chair of Bush's Florida campaign. They believe she should have stepped down from her duties as head of elections.
Nov. 15, 2000: Florida Supreme Court rejects request from top election officials and Bush campaign to halt all hand counts. Gore says he would abide by the results of hand recounts in three Florida counties, and would support a full recount of all 67 counties if Bush requested it. Bush rejects offer. He now leads by 300 votes in ballots certified Tuesday by Harris, who announces she will ignore manual recounts and certify original machine counts plus absentee ballots Saturday.