We've dug up a gem from the Miami News archives, first published on Oct. 7, 1988, by Heather Dewar, under the headline, "'One vote counts,' Valdes says after winning House tally":
It took four ballot counts over three days to pick a winner in the state House District 112 Republican runoff, and that made Carlos Valdes' margin of victory seem appropriate. He won by a single vote.
That "gives a clear message to voters that one vote does count, " Valdes said yesterday after an unusual hand count of the ballots gave him the nomination by 2,062 votes to Miguel DeGrandy's 2,061.
DeGrandy held a nine-vote lead election night. That was transformed Wednesday into a tie after a tally of the absentee ballots, and then a two-vote loss by a computer recount later that day. Yesterday's special hand count settled the matter, and DeGrandy said he will drop his court challenge to the vote tally.
"I am absolutely satisfied, " DeGrandy said after the final tally restored the one vote DeGrandy lost in the computer recount. DeGrandy promised to back Valdes in the November general election against Democrat Manuel Arques.
Yesterday's hand count was authorized by Dade's three- member election canvassing board after DeGrandy filed a protest with the board and a motion in Dade Circuit Court. DeGrandy objected to the results of the computerized recount, in which he lost one vote and Valdes gained one.
Elections Department Director David Leahy said the variation in results probably was caused by a tiny chip of paper still clinging to one of the ballots.
Leahy said that because of the nature of the computer system, such errors could occur in any election, but "for Dade County there's no better system available yet."