In the final seconds of the new HBO movie Recount, a box labeled ''Palm Beach County ballots'' is shown sitting inside a gigantic warehouse. As the camera pulls slowly back, it reveals row after row of boxes stacked to the ceiling.
While the image is a pure Hollywood creation, the truth is the ballots from the chaotic 2000 presidential election are still around.
Five years ago, the state of Florida gathered up boxes of ballots from 65 of the 67 counties and stashed them inside the cramped, air-conditioned confines of the state archives in Tallahassee.
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