Tabulation Error in Miss Florida Contest

MIAMI (AP) — There’s another problem that’s changed the order of finish in a beauty pageant — this time, in Florida.

Officials of the Miss Florida Organization named a new Miss Florida after discovering a tabulation error in the judging. As a result, Elizabeth Fechtel, who won the crown last Saturday, is now the runner up. And the woman who had come in second — Victoria Cowen — is now the new Miss Florida. The change comes in the wake of a controversy in Delaware, where a winner was disqualified because she was older than the organization allowed.

In Florida, Executive Director Mary Sullivan says the tabulation error was noticed during a routine recount. She says a mark on one judge’s ballot was inadvertantly overlooked. The ballots were retabulated by an independent auditor, and the contestants were notified of the correct results.

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