MIAMI _ Did a condition called ``chad buildup'' cause thousands of Palm Beach County ballots to record no vote for president?
That was one of the arguments made by Democrats Saturday in Leon County Circuit Court as they tried to convince a judge to order another South Florida recount.
But an examination on Friday of every voting machine in a Palm Beach precinct with one of the highest so-called ``undervote'' totals revealed no evidence of chads clogging the machinery, which has not been cleaned since election night.
Several of the voting machines, however, did have another flaw _ faulty or worn springs _ that could have increased voter error and accounted for some undervotes.
The Miami Herald examined all 17 machines in Precinct 162E, one in which …