Recount Update Robert talks with NPR's Debbie Elliot in Tallahassee, Florida, about the recount of that state's election ballots. Out of nearly six million votes cast, the first count found that Texas Governor George W. Bush leads Vice President Al Gore by a mere 1800 votes. Under state law, a recount is mandatory when results are this close. Absentee ballots could determine the outcome. There have also been a rash of complaints over defective ballots in a heavily Democratic section of the state which reported a high number of votes for Pat Buchanan. Whoever wins the Florida tally will be the next occupant of the White House.