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Friday, November 17, 2000

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  • Allegations of Voting Irregularities Spread to Duval County in Florida

    While all eyes are on Palm Beach and Broward counties in Florida, where manual recounts of presidential ballots are under way, another Florida county may have experienced even greater voting irregularities. Nearly 27,000 Duval County votes for president were nullified, many after voters chose more than one candidate, resulting in an unusually high strikeout rate. The ratio of discarded votes was particularly high in the predominantly black areas of Jacksonville, where support for Democrat Al Gore was high.

  • Hosea Williams, Voting Rights Activist, Dies

    On March 7, 1965, supporters of the Voting Rights Movement marched across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, into the pages of history. Joined by the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., civil rights activists John Lewis and Hosea Williams led women and men, old people and children, African Americans and whites, until mounted police with nightsticks and tear gas weighed into the crowd. Television cameras from around the world recorded the event that became known as Bloody Sunday.

  • Networks Initiate Mass Probe of Election Night Gaffes, As Fox Is Accused of Getting Inside Voting Information Through Bush Cousin

    At 7:49 on election night, NBC called the state of Florida for Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore. Within eleven minutes, all the networks followed suit. Almost two hours later, they began to retract. At 2:16 am, Fox News channel called Bush the winner of Florida, and of the presidential election. As NBC anchor Tom Brokaw soon put it, "George Bush is the president elect of the United States." Soon after, the networks had to take that prediction back.

  • U.S. Supreme Court Grants Stay of Execution for Johnny Penry

    Three hours before he was to be strapped to a gurney and killed by lethal injection, Johnny Paul Penry, a 44 year-old mentally retarded man with the mind of a seven year-old, received a stay of execution from the U.S. Supreme Court so it could study his appeal.