Earth & Conservation

How Bush v. Gore Changed Voting Forever

And the debate continues today.


No one expected to wake up the morning after election day in 2000 not knowing who the next president of the United States would be. But that's exactly what happened. In the Bush v. Gore election, the state of Florida had a vote count that was too close to call, and in a surprising twist of events, they were required to do a recount. Even more compelling is the fact that some people claimed the voting ballot was too confusing, and thousands of people who meant to vote for Gore accidentally voted for Pat Buchanan instead.

This controversy led many local governments across the country to change the way their residents vote, and the implications from the 2000 election have continued to effect the platforms of presidential candidates ever since, including those running in this year's election.

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