4 million to 6 million votes were uncounted in the 2000 presidential election according to, "Voting: What Is and What Could Be," a report released by Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the California Institute of Technology.
- Illinois, South Carolina, Idaho, Wyoming & Georgia all had higher rates of spoiled,
unmarked & uncounted ballots than Florida.
- 1.5 to 2 million presidential votes were lost due to faulty equipment or confusing ballots.
- 1.5 to 3 million votes were lost due to registration problems.
- .5 to 1.2 million votes were lost due to polling place operation problems.
- 70 percent of uncounted presidential votes were cast but not recorded.
"Ballot, machine problems to blame for uncounted votes in 2000 election." InsidePolitics. 07/07/2001.
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What you may not know about 2000
|Judicial Watch reports irregularities that question the integrity of the 2000 election. A full analysis of Florida's punch card undervote ballots in Miami-Dade, Sarasota, Hillsborough, Broward, Palm Beach, Pinellas, Indian River, and Collier Counties. (Judicial Watch analysis. 03/22/2001.)|
|On December 4, the U.S. Supreme Courts set aside the Florida Supreme Court decision extending the certification deadline. Sauls ruled against Gore's bid for further recounts. ("Disputed Presidential Election of 2000." encarta.msn.com.)|
|Some 115,500 ballots with a clear indication of voter intent got scrapped.
When voters picked Gore, they punched out the chad and then wrote Gore's name on the ballot just to make sure their votes counted. Not!
"Everybody had thought that the chads were where all the bad ballots were, but it turned out that the ones that were the most decisive were write-in ballots where people would check Gore and write Gore in, and the machine kicked those out.
"There were 175,000 votes overall that were so-called "spoiled ballots." About two-thirds of the spoiled ballots were over-votes; many or most of them would have been write-in over-votes, where people had punched and written in a candidate's name. And nobody looked at this, not even the Florida Supreme Court in the last decision it made requiring a statewide recount. Nobody had thought about it except Judge Terry Lewis, who was overseeing the statewide recount when it was halted by the U.S. Supreme Court. The write-in over-votes have really not gotten much attention. Those votes are not ambiguous. When you see Gore picked and then Gore written in, there's not a question in your mind who this person was voting for. When you go through those, they're unambiguous: Bush got some of those votes, but they were overwhelmingly for Gore. For example, in an analysis of the 2.7 million votes that had been cast in Florida's eight largest counties, The Washington Post found that Gore's name was punched on 46,000 of the over-vote ballots it [reviewed], while Bush's name was marked on only 17,000," Lance Dehaven-Smith.
Author of The Battle for Florida (University Press of Florida, 2005), DeHaven-Smith headed the FSU Reuben Askew School of Public Administration and Policy from 1995 to 1998. In Battle for Florida, DeHaven-Smith draws parallels between the twilight of democracy in Ancient Greece and Florida and the nation during the 2000 election and up until 2005. Research in Review Magazine, Florida State University, www.rinr.fsu.edu, Winter 2005.
|Florida Meltdown. The Florida election controversy took 5 weeks to resolve.|
|Dimpled chads, pregnant chads, hanging chads, dangling chads.|
|Republican Governor Jeb Bush's Secretary of State Katherine Harris, a co-chair of George W. Bush's campaign refuses to extend certification deadline past November 14, to allow for manual recounts. The courts upheld Harris's authority to certify, but allowed Broward, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach, and Volusia to continue their recounts and file amended returns after the deadline. Harris could use her discretion to accept or reject the amended filings. Harris stated she would reject late filings. However, on November 17, the Florida Supreme Court ordered Harris not to certify election results before a November 20 hearing. This hearing granted Gore an extension to November 26. Bush appealed to the United States Supreme Court.|
|Miami-Dade quit their recount on November 22, saying it was impossible to finish recounts before the deadline. Gore had a net gain of 150 votes when Miami-Dade quit.|
|Palm Beach County requested an extension in the recount deadline from 5pm to 9am of the next day. Governor Jeb Bush's Secretary of State Katherine Harris denied the extension and instead used the returns compiled before the recount.|
|Governor Jeb Bush's Secretary of State Katherine Harris declared Bush the winner of Florida: Bush - 2,912,790, Gore - 2,912,253. A difference of 537 votes.|
|George Bush continued his U.S. Supreme Court case challenging Florida's high court ruling that extended the certification deadline. Al Gore argued that a re-count was the only way to ensure the will of the people was represented in such a close race.|
|Al Gore contested the election results before Republican appointee, Leon County Circuit Judge Sanders Saul. Gore wanted to re-count 14,000 disputed ballots from Palm Beach and Miami-Dade Counties. Believing he would not prevail with Republican Sauls, Gore wanted to speed up the trial in order to file an appeal with the Florida Supreme Court. Bush wanted to delay the proceedings, to close in on the December 12 deadline for Florida to choose its electors. Sauls impounded the ballots and had them sent to Tallahassee by Ryder truck.|