Andrew and Thomas continue their discussion of the 2000 U.S. Presidential election, moving from resurrecting long-dead jokes about “hanging chads” to explaining how the legal challenge that could determine the Presidency began in a tiny county courthouse in Florida.
Show Notes & Links
- The Supreme Court’s decision in Bush v. Gore, 531 U.S. 98 (2000).
- Palm Beach County’s insane “butterfly ballot,” which resulted in thousands of extra votes for Pat Buchanan that were almost certainly intended for Al Gore.
- The American Political Science Review article referenced on the show which did a statistical analysis of the Buchanan “butterfly ballot” votes.
- Herron & Lewis’s 2006 political science article showing that Nader cost Gore the election in Florida even assuming no recount.
- One example of an early media report stating that Bush would have won with limited recounts of the sort Gore was seeking from the Florida courts.
- More recent studies indicate that if the recount had been allowed to proceed, Gore would have won.
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