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Constitutional Law Keyed to Maggs
Bush v. Gore
Citation:531 U.S. 98 (2000)
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In 2000, the day following the Presidential election, the Florida Division of Elections reported that petitioner Bush had received 2,909,135 voters and respondent Gore had received 2,907,351 votes, a margin of 1,784 for Governor Bush. Because Governor Bush’s margin of victory was less than one-half of a percent of the votes cast, an automatic machine recount was conducted under the Florida election code, the results of which showed Governor Bush still winning the race but by a diminished margin. Gore then sought manual recounts in four counties. After litigation, the Florida Supreme Court ordered the Florida Secretary of State to include in the certified election results the totals produced by the manual recounts if they were submitted by 5:00 pm on November 26. Some of the counties requested a brief extension, which the Secretary of State denied. The Secretary then certified Bush as the winner by 537 votes.
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