By William Crotty
America’s selection 2000 makes an attempt to make experience of the longest operating, so much fiercely contested and, eventually, closest race within the historical past of presidential elections. What were an earnest if predictable common election crusade morphed right into a post-election day sequence of controversies that verified the nation’s electoral procedures, its courts, and its democratic tradition. finally, after all, a winner was once declared and the country went approximately its enterprise, in spite of the fact that now not earlier than basic questions have been raised as to the character of the vote and voter purpose and either the criteria and tactics used to determine elections. those matters might be with us for years yet to come. via any common, it was once a ancient election whose complete effects are but to be appreciated.America's selection 2000 conscientiously sifts throughout the competing claims and methods, studies what happened and gives a few tests as to the standard of the crusade, the character of the ultimate choice and the that means this has to the kingdom. Crotty comprises chapters dedicated to the Courts’ remarkable function in Election 2000, an exam of the general public opinion throughout the key occasions of the overall crusade, in addition to a bankruptcy detailing the result of key kingdom and native elections in addition to the congressional races.
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1 Second Choice of Nader Voters Likely Voters % AJ Gore George W. Bush Would not vote Other/don't know 43 21 21 IS III. Profile of Nader Supporters (Total 4% of Likely Voters) Nader Support 0/ Independent: Libera] Some college Moderate West East Nonwhite Midwest Men Women College graduate/ postgraduate study' White 50+ South No college Conservative Democrat Republican 10 6 6 5 5 5 5 4 4 4 4 /o 4 4 3 2 2 2 1 Source Gallup Poll, October 16-22, 2000 William Crotty 31 Such an accusatory and even bitter tone reflected the media's questions directed at Nader immediately after the initial results were in.
The justices honed in . . on the Republicans' contention that state law allowed no leeway in the deadline for counties to submit their returns one week after Election Day. They repeatedly asked whether there was enough time to conduct laborious hand counts in the populous counties where they are now underway. But the court, the one branch of Florida government dominated by Democratic appointees, also expressed clear unease at the Democrats' suggestions that it, not the Legislature or the state's top election official, should set a new deadline, or oudine their own standards for how ballots should be recounted around the state .
In an extraordinary, nearly two and a one-half hour hearing carried live on television, justices of the state's highest court peppered lawyers for both sides with searching, skeptical questions. The justices honed in . . on the Republicans' contention that state law allowed no leeway in the deadline for counties to submit their returns one week after Election Day. They repeatedly asked whether there was enough time to conduct laborious hand counts in the populous counties where they are now underway.
America's Choice 2000: Entering a New Millenium by William Crotty