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  1. Introduction
  2. The 2000 decisive votes
  3. The malfunctioning voting machines
  4. Bush's victory
    1. Secure 270 electoral votes
    2. The controversial ballot designed by Palm Beach County election supervisor
    3. Florida's voting booths
  5. Creating fair voting practices
    1. Creating a reliable and standard voting machine
    2. The need for voter education
    3. The 'one person, one vote' assumption
  6. The Electoral College
  7. Conclusion
  8. Works cited

The 2000 presidential election was a groundbreaking event in American history. The entire country had an opinion on who they believed should lead America into the next millennium. The candidates were both strong politician and who were well known inside their parties and amongst the American people. Al Gore, the Vice-President at the time, was praised for the work he and Bill Clinton did in the 90's. For the first time in twelve years, Democrats were in the White House. Together Clinton and Gore tackled economic problems, foreign policies, and welfare and social security reform. Democrats were impressed by Gore's attention to environmental issues and his support of Clinton through his impeachment trials. George W. Bush Jr., son of former president George Bush, was also a popular candidate. Citizens were attracted to his ?compassionate? Republican approach to politics.

[...] Electoral College: Unfair From Day One.? 36 Days: The Complete Chronicle of the 2000 Presidential Election. Ed. The New York Times. New York: Times Books Brinkley, Douglas. Introduction Days: The Complete Chronicle of the 2000 Presidential Election. Ed. The New York Times. New York: Times Books xiii-xix Canedy, Dana and Don Van Natta Jr. Case of the Butterfly Ballot.? 36 Days: The Complete Chronicle of the 2000 Presidential Election. Ed. The New York Times. New York: Times Books 10- Dworkin, Ronald. [...]


[...] The winning candidate must secure 270 electoral votes to be declared president ?Bush won the 2000 election with 271 votes (Moore 15). Because of Fox News' original projection, Gore called Bush at 2:30 am and conceded. However, the fact was that the outcome of the Florida election was still ambiguous. And when Al Gore realized this he retracted his concession. In the end the count showed Bush was in the lead by 1,784. A recount began immediately (Washington Post vii). [...]


[...] In the 2000 election there were 538 electors in the Electoral College. This numbers reflected the 1990 census, which was most likely not accurate in 2000. Unfortunately, under this system, there is no way to guarantee that the amount of electors represents the state's current population. Furthermore, many Americans are not aware of the Electoral College, and they assume each vote counts toward the appointment of president. As a result, many citizens do not vote for electors, usually leaving the decision up to the parties. [...]

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