I knew I'd get sucked back in. Lol. The machines were picking up all the votes, gore just didnt like the results. Gore wanted to do a manual recount so he could create more votes for him. That's why he wanted recounts in the three most heavily democratic counties. So he could see a card and try to make it a vote for him if there was just a dimple or mark over his name. Hence why the hanging chads and dimpled chads created so much controversy. There was no law in Florida regulating how a manual count should take place since the law stated it needed to be done by machine so gore tried to take advantage of that by dictating what constituted a vote.
Sandra day oconnor asked David boies, and rightfully so, to why not just use what the voting instructions are to dictate what constituted a vote. That being a fully punctured tab. Gore didn't want that to be the case since that's what the machines counted. Gore wanted democrats arbitrarily deciding in highly democratic counties what constituted a vote since no law was in place to dictate how manual counts are to be done.