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Monday, November 13, 2000

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  • As the Elections Go to Court, a Look at Proportional Representation

    The U.S. Presidential battle moves today into Florida’s courts, with lawsuits and disputed votes dragging out the electoral process to choose the United States’ 43rd president. A federal judge will hear a request by the campaign of Republican George W. Bush to halt hand recounts in four Florida counties and a state judge will hear a case by supporters of Democrat Al Gore requesting a new poll with a less confusing ballot in Palm Beach County.

  • Voteless in Florida: Criminal Records Prevent Hundreds of Thousands From Voting

    Thousands of Florida residents were struck from the voter lists because they were mistakenly identified as ex-felons, just months before what become the closest election in US history. With Bush apparently leading Gore by only hundreds of votes, in a state with hundreds of thousands of disenfranchised voters, could similar errors be tipping the race?

  • A Look at the History of Elections 2000

    Republicans are going to federal court today to try to block hand counts by Florida election officials in several counties–an ironic twist for a party that usually takes the position that the federal government should not interfere with states’ rights. How will these elections be considered by historian years from now? We turn to the perspective of radical historian Eric Foner.