By Richard L. Hasen
In 2000, quite a few hundred votes out of hundreds of thousands solid within the country of Florida separated Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush from his Democratic opponent, Al Gore. the end result of the election rested on Florida's 25 electoral votes, and felony wrangling endured for 36 days. Then, unexpectedly, probably the most debatable very best courtroom judgements in U.S. heritage, Bush v. Gore, reduce brief the conflict. because the Florida debacle we've witnessed a partisan struggle over election ideas. Election litigation has skyrocketed, and election time brings out inevitable accusations by means of political partisans of voter fraud and voter suppression. those allegations have shaken public self assurance, as campaigns set up “armies of attorneys” and the partisan press revs up whilst elections are anticipated to be shut and the stakes are high.
Richard L. Hasen, a revered authority on election legislation, chronicles and analyzes the battles over election ideas from 2000 to the current. From a nonpartisan point of view he explores the emerging variety of election-related proceedings and fees of voter fraud in addition to the decline of public self assurance in reasonable effects. He explains why destiny election disputes could be worse than earlier ones—more acrimonious, extra distorted by way of unsubstantiated allegations, and amplified through social media. No reader will fail to finish with Hasen that election reform is an pressing precedence, person who calls for the eye of conscientious voters and their elected representatives.
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27 But this reading was not inevitable. Under another reasonable reading, an “error” in “vote tabulation” can occur if the voters’ intent was not properly recorded by the machines, whether the problem stemmed from a breakdown of the machines or voter error. In any event, it was reasonable to conclude that there was an election machinery failure. It was widely known that machine counts were not always accurate, especially with punch card ballots. Even the expert hired by the Bush team for the later election contest to dispute the Democratic claims of the machines’ inaccuracy had applied for a patent on a new type of machine, pointing to the accuracy problems with the existing punch card voting and vote tabulation systems.
Even tougher for Chemerinksy than the question of right was one of remedy: from at least one perspective, a partial “do over” in a presidential election seemed unfair. Voters would be free to change their votes. All of the Palm Beach County voters who had voted for Green Party candidate Ralph Nader, the consumer activist who ran as a presidential candidate to the left of Gore in 2000, could switch their votes to Gore. Nader, echoing George Wallace from 1968, had said there was “not a dime’s worth of difference” between the Democrats and Republicans.
It is worth pausing on this point. Other modern democracies, such as Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom, put nonpartisan officials in charge of their elections. That’s not the norm in the United States, and it certainly was not in Florida in 2000. 22 Even if Harris were scrupulously fair in handling the postelection dispute, Democrats would never believe it. Telephone records later revealed that on election night, as it was becoming clear that the election would hinge on Florida’s vote, a call was placed from Harris’s cell phone to the Bush headquarters in Texas.
The Voting Wars: From Florida 2000 to the Next Election Meltdown by Richard L. Hasen