13 Facts About Florida recount


The Florida vote was ultimately settled in Bush's favor by a margin of 537 votes when the US Supreme Court, in Bush v Gore, stopped a recount that had been initiated upon a ruling by the Florida Supreme Court.

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Bush's win in Florida gave him a majority of votes in the Electoral College and victory in the presidential election.

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Once it became clear that Florida would decide the presidential election, the nation's attention focused on the manual recount.

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Once the closeness of the election in Florida recount was clear, both the Bush and Gore campaigns organized themselves for the ensuing legal process.

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Florida state law at the time allowed a candidate to request a manual recount by protesting the results of at least three precincts.

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Bush's lawyers argued that recounting votes in just four counties violated the 14th Amendment and that similarly punched ballots could be tabulated differently since Florida had no detailed statutory standards for hand-counting votes.

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Additionally, this Florida recount election produced many more "overvotes" than usual, especially in predominantly African-American precincts in Duval County, where some 21,000 ballots had multiple markings, such as two or more choices for president.

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Political commentator and author Jeff Greenfield observed that the Republican operatives in Florida recount talked and acted like combat platoon sergeants in what one called "switchblade time", the biggest political fight of the century.

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Florida recount said that she used both sides of the ballot in order to make the candidate names larger so the county's elderly residents could more easily see the names.

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Longstanding case law in Florida recount [ ] has held that the intent of the voters as shown by their ballots should be given effect.

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The Florida recount Statutes contemplate that where electronic or electromechanical voting systems are used, no vote is to be declared invalid or void if there is a clear indication of the intent of the voter as determined by the county canvassing board.

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NORC was expecting 176,446 uncounted ballots to be available from Florida recount's counties, based on county precinct reports that produced the final, state-certified vote totals.

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Florida recount was the subject of the 2008 television film Recount, which aired on HBO.

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