Major Harding, Barbara Pariente, and Peggy Quince had voted 4-3 to recount all the
undervotes of Florida?s 67 counties. The U.S. Supreme Court overruled the Florida
Supreme Court and declared that the state?s ruling was unconstitutional. ?Under
are involved? (Cohen 42). When the Florida Supreme Court decision violated the equal
rights provision of the US Constitution.
Gore and his legal team repealed to Florida Supreme Court because of Judge
Sanders. ? A plain outspoken, sharp-witted man who uses his folksiness as a shield, Sauls,
N. Sanders Sauls, the Leon County judge made the decision not to count the undervotes
Supreme Court decision rescuing him from the abyss? (Pooley 34). The Florida Supreme
Court had decided to recount the undervotes to make the election easier. It?s decision
undervotes being counted and then recounted. Undervotes are ballots that contain votes
in some races but not all. The undervotes raised attention because the election was really
Bush was ahead with 537 votes. After the order from the court to recount 42,000
controversial one is history because of the recounts. The nation was divided on whether
the ballots should have been recounted. Many of the ballots that were recounted were
many cards were not fully punched. Election officials never had to examine undervotes
undervotes that were not fully punched. The paper that is punched out of the card is
The issue of chad was mainly in three counties: Miami-Dade, Palm Beach, and
Broward. Several thousand of the counties ballots were set aside because of chad. Some
of the ballots left an indention rather than a hole along side the candidates name. The
election officials did not know whether the voters were meaning to vote for the candidate
or changed his or her mind. ?The small, perforated, rectangular plug, or chad, remained
attached but profaning and is described as pregnant or increasingly, as merely dimpled?
(Bonger 1). During the recounts Broward county did not count dimpled chad.
Miami-Dade counted the dimpled chad as votes and Palm Beach counted some dimples,
but not all. All three counties counted one, two, three corners, hanging, and swinging
On December 9, 2000, just hours after the recounts of ballots in Miami-Dade,
Palm Beach, and Broward the US Supreme Court accepted Governor Bush?s plea to
temporarily stop the counting of votes. He wanted the counting to stop until they had an
new hearing. Bush got his new hearing on December 11th. The US Supreme Court heard
Florida Supreme Court was unconstitutional in its decision to recount the votes. ?The
decision came shortly after 10 p.m. ET Tuesday, and its decision was deciphered live by
ending result was the 5-4 vote that ruled over all and made George W. Bush the projected
president of the United States.
November 2000: 1-3
Campbell, Duncan. ?Gore fights ruling and the clock.? The Observer 3 December 2000:
Campbell, Julia. ?End in Sight.? ABCNEWS.com 13 December 2000: 1-5.
Carlson, Margaret. ?He ain?t Heavy. He?s my Brother.? TIME 11 December 2000: 56.
Cohen, Adam. ?Supreme Contest.? TIME 18 December 2000: 42-46.
Gibbs, Nancy. ?A nightmare before Christmas?? TIME 18 December 2000: 28-31.
Perine, Keith. ?Supreme Court Rules for Bush.? YAHOO.COM 13 December 2000:
Pooley, Eric. ?Flipping the Script.? TIME 18 December 2000: 32-40.
Ripley, Amanda. ?Firecracker- or Bomb?? TIME 11 December 2000: 50