The Court Vs. Supreme Court Essay

1189 Words Mar 23rd, 2016 5 Pages
On Saturday, December 9th, the US Supreme Court voted 5-4 to abandon the hand recounts in the counties and set a new hearing for December 11th. This hearing lasted for two solid days, and on December 12th, the US Supreme Court ruled 7-2 in Bush v Gore and reversed the verdict made by the Florida Supreme Court. The court ruled that: not all ballots were being treated equally and thus a violation of the Constitution 's 14th amendment equal protection clause, the Florida Supreme Court would be required to set up new voting practices and standards to follow in the recount. However, the justices were split 5-4 over how to solve the problem at hand. Five of the justices expressed that the initial date already set for the recounted votes should infact stand while the others were in favor of a postponement. The following day, the Florida Supreme Court rejected Gore’s request that absentee ballots be thrown out from Martin and Seminole counties. On that very same day, December 13th, Gore conceded the presidency to Bush for a second time. On January 6th, 2001, the Electoral College convened, and George W. Bush was declared elected as the forty-third president of the United States, and subsequently sworn in on January 20th, 2001. While many Americans and historians believe Gore’s personality and Clinton Fatigue cost him the election of 2000, better evidence suggests that the Nader Effect, the discrimination against and disenfranchisement of African American voters, and irregularities…

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