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Election Blues 2000

George P. Fletcher

in Our Secret Constitution

Published in print March 2003 | ISBN: 9780195156287
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199872169 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195156285.003.0013
Election Blues 2000

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In this afterword, the author discusses the events surrounding the 2000 U.S. Presidential election, in which George W. Bush became President based on a Supreme Court ruling that gave him the majority in the electoral college, defeating Vice President Al Gore, who had won the popular vote. The widely held ideal of a popular democracy is contrasted with the reality of the Twelfth Amendment system of electoral votes, and the author asserts that such contrasts point to the ongoing conflict between our “two constitutions” and our own sense of nationhood. Issues of voter disenfranchisement raised in the election are also examined.

Keywords: George W. Bush; 2000 election; electoral college; Al Gore; nationhood; popular democracy; popular vote; Supreme Court; Twelfth Amendment; voter disenfranchisement

Chapter.  11256 words. 

Subjects: US Politics

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