Visit Website It was no ordinary lawsuit. The case tested the very stability of the American electoral system, and its winner would go on to become president of the United States.
The voters are actually voting for a slate of electors, each of whom pledges to vote for a particular candidate for each office, in the Electoral College. Constitution provides that each state legislature decides how electors are chosen. Today, state legislatures have enacted laws to provide for the selection of electors by popular vote within each state.
While these laws vary, most states, including Florida, award all electoral votes to the candidate for either office who receives a plurality of the state's popular vote.
Any candidate who receives an absolute majority of all electoral votes nationally since wins the Presidential or Vice Presidential election. Election ; Close-up view of satellite trucks parked by the Florida State Capitol during the Presidential election vote dispute On November 8,the Florida Division of Elections reported that Bush won with On November 10, with the machine recount finished in all but one county, Bush's margin of victory had decreased to VolusiaPalm BeachBroward and Miami-Dadewhich are counties that traditionally vote Democratic and would be expected to garner more votes for Gore.
Gore did not, however, request any recounts in counties that traditionally vote Republican. The four counties granted the request and began manual recounts.
However, Florida law also required all counties to certify their election returns to the Florida Secretary of State within seven days of the election,  and several of the counties conducting manual recounts did not believe they could meet this deadline.
On November 14, the statutory deadline, the Florida Circuit Court ruled that the seven-day deadline was mandatory, but that the counties could amend their returns at a later date. The court also ruled that the Secretary, after "considering all attendant facts and circumstances," had discretion to include any late amended returns in the statewide certification.
Four counties submitted statements, and after reviewing the submissions Harris determined that none justified an extension of the filing deadline. She further announced that after she received the certified returns of the overseas absentee ballots from each county, she would certify the results of the presidential election on Saturday, November 18, Supreme Court voted 5—4 to stay the Florida recount, because according to Justice Scalia: It suffices to say that the issuance of the stay suggests that a majority of the Court, while not deciding the issues presented, believe that the petitioner has a substantial probability of success.
The issue is not, as the dissent puts it, whether "counting every legally cast vote can constitute irreparable harm. Count first, and rule upon legality afterwards, is not a recipe for producing election results that have the public acceptance democratic stability requires.
Counting every legally cast vote cannot constitute irreparable harm [ Rapid developments[ edit ] Supporters for the Gore-Lieberman ticket outside the U. Supreme Court on December 11 The oral argument in Bush v.
Gore occurred on December New York lawyer David Boies argued for Gore. During the brief period when the U. Supreme Court was deliberating on Bush v. Gore, the Florida Supreme Court provided clarifications  that the U. Supreme Court had requested on December 4 in the case of Bush v. Palm Beach County Canvassing Board.
Supreme Court issued its opinion in Bush v. Gore on December 12,less than a day after hearing oral argument. Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors This clause arguably gives power to only one branch of Florida's state government i.
Of particular relevance  to this case was the so-called " safe harbor " provision, which allows states to appoint their electors without Congressional interference if done by a specified deadline: If any State shall have provided [ According to 28 U.
Final judgments or decrees rendered by the highest court of a State in which a decision could be had, may be reviewed by the Supreme Court by writ of certiorari where the validity of a treaty or statute of the United States is drawn in question or where the validity of a statute of any State is drawn in question on the ground of its being repugnant to the Constitution, treaties, or laws of the United States Issues considered by the Court[ edit ] The Court had to resolve two different questions to fully resolve the case:the election should have been a runaway victory for Al Gore.
Indeed, at the American Political Science Association meetings held just two months before the. Before the election, the last time the president won the electoral vote without winning the popular vote was in Grover Cleveland beat Benjamin Harrison by % in the popular vote, but Harrison won the election.
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