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Five Justices Decide the Election

Alan M. Dershowitz

in Supreme Injustice

Published in print January 2003 | ISBN: 9780195158076
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199869848 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195158075.003.0002
 Five Justices Decide the Election

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Outlines the constitutional and statutory framework within which presidential elections are conducted in the USA. Provides a brief chronology and an account of the US (Bush vs Gore) presidential election of 2000. The different sections of the chapter are: How We Elect Our President (the constitutional and statutory framework); The 2000 Election and Its Aftermath; The Ground War in Florida; The Butterfly Ballot; ‘Count All the Votes’ — or at Least the Ones That Favour Gore; Bush Goes to Court; The Overseas Absentee Ballots; The Supreme Court's Initial — Unanimous — Decision; and The Supreme Court's Stay (the decision to stop recounting in Florida before even hearing an argument) — looks at other cases in which equal protection has or has not been applied by the US Supreme Court.

Keywords: Absentee Ballots; Ballots; George W. Bush; Bush vs Gore; Butterfly Ballot; chronology; constitutional framework; election recount; equal protection; Florida; Florida recount; Al Gore; Overseas Absentee Ballots; statutory framework; US Constitution; US presidential election 2000; US Supreme Court; USA

Chapter.  11673 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: US Politics

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