by Sebastian Mayotte, Nathan Hawker


Overview

The 2000 Presidental elections was one of the united states most complicated Elections held. The Process had consisted of many supposed errors in the vote counting at the near end of the election there was an Electoral tie between President candidate Georg Bush, and President candidate Al Gore ( NPR News) and when the Standard Deadline for the Poles to have been closed, Electoral tie remained 48%-48% there was only one deciding state left Florida who would continue to stall the election due to the a numerous recount attempts. the state Florida seemingly swayed from side to side by an extremely small number of votes. until finally on December, 12 2000 the supreme court Ruled the state into being in favor of the Republican candidate George W. Bush (U.Sconstitiononline) with florida being in favor of bush by only a 547 vote lead (>0.0001% of the U.S. voting populous) This became the first ever election where the popular vote did not support the winner of the presidency. At the end of the election, the popular vote was in favor of Democratic candidate Al Gore Jr. at 48.4% as compared to Republican candidate George W. Bush's 47.9% but the electoral vote favored Bush at 50.4% apposed to Gore's 49.4% (remaining .2% belonged to the absence of one electoral college member who was indecisive and could not vote for the third party canidate Ralph Nader).


Source Annotation

Bush v. Gore. The American Presidency Project. 1999-2011. Web. 11 May. 2011.

Summary: This site gives the exact percentages of votes from states during the 2000 presidential election and its' entirety. It shows both the popular vote percentages as well as electoral college vote percentages. It also has links leading to the florida recount as well as other links to different elections.

Assess: This site seems very legitimate. It is very accurate and punctual as well as extremely precise. It is also government approved/sponsored. I feel this information is correct and useful.

Reflect: While this site is helpful and gives percentages of the votes and depicts the close battle for presidency with Bush and Gore, it does not display the reasons for its' controversies or infamy. It may have sites that lead to related topics but i feel there could be gaps in the overall subject of the election.

Fraud in the 2000 Florida Presidential Election. FraudFactor. 2000. Web. 11 May. 2011.

Summary: This site explains the legitimacy of Bush's election regardless of the Florida recount. It ultimately explains how Gore was paranoid and that he merely wanted the recount to postpone the official inauguration so that more votes from the military could filter in and support his campaign.

Assess: While this site has valid points as well as good reasons to explain the fraud in the recount, this site is very opinionated and supports Bush while destroying Gore's reasons for the recount.

Reflect: I feel that this is a good site and, regardless of opinion, is true, valid, and to the point. I think this site is helpful in seeing the real fraud in this election as well as the recounts.

´╗┐Richard A. Posner. Breaking The Deadlock: The 2000 Election, The Constitution, and the Courts. Princton, NJ. 2001. Print.

´╗┐Summary: This book contains an entire overview of the Presidential Election of 2000. It contains good hard facts and does not side with one candidate. It shows the election from the eyes of professionals and displays the heated battle between the two candidates and their close, heated election.

Assess: This book has good facts as well as being unbiased by not denouncing one of the two candidates. It contains helpful pictures, charts and graphs to help the reader see just how close and irregular this election was. I also enjoy how thourough this book is.

Reflect: I feel this is a good source for anyone to learn about the battle between Bush and Gore and how irregular/one-of-a-kind this election was. It is very factual and to the point and contains good information about the election and its entirety.

Election Of 2000. USconstitutionline. 1995-Present. Web. 11 May. 2011

Reflections and Conclusions

In my opinion, I feel that the Presidential Election of 2000 isn't really as big of a deal as everyone makes of it. What I do think is that it was and still is the closest election our nation ever had. The only discrepency in the election at all was the Florida recount. The only reason the recount even occoured was because Presidential candidate Al Gore did not want to give the election to George Bush. Gore called for the recount in a last ditch effort to keep the election within his grasp because of how close the election already was. The whole reason for the controversies about Florida is because of its' electoral votes as well as the factor of it being one of the last states to insert their votes into the polls. Gore felt that these few but mighty factors could help him succeed in stealing the election away from Bush, but other than that, I don't see why the controversies exist over this election.

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Works Cited

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Richard A. Posner. Breaking The Deadlock: The 2000 Election, The Constitution, and the Courts. Princton, NJ. 2001. Print.

Fraud in the 2000 Florida Presidential Election. FraudFactor. 2000. Web. 11 May. 2011.

Bush v. Gore. The American Presidency Project. 1999-2011. Web. 11 May. 2011.