2000 Presidential Election

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2000 Presidential Election The 2000 Presidential election - between George W. Bush and Al Gore - questions if the electoral college is a democratic system. The election is so controversial because Al Gore won the popular vote in the country but George W. Bush was elected President by the votes of the electoral college members. The election process and the electoral college system is explained in Article II, section I and modified by the 12th Amendment. The question is was equal protection applied to all the voters in Florida during the 2000 Presidential election.

Amendment 12 states that : " ...the person having the greatest number of votes for President shall be the President, if such number be a majority of the whole number of electors appointed.."�. This means that the electoral college members, determined by the number of Representatives and Senate members of the state, place their votes for the candidate that the popular vote depicts....usually.

In recent history electors have never cast votes against the winner of the popular vote. In the 2000 Presidential election, AL Gore received 50,996,116 votes and George W. Bush received 50,456,169 votes , a 539,947 difference( relatively close) in favor of Al Gore. This means Al Gore won the popular vote of the country but was not elected president by the college.

In Florida the poplar vote was very close between Al Gore and George W. Bush, but George W. Bush had very few more so he gained the 25 electoral votes to win the election. Election over right? Wrong! Because the popular vote in Florida was so close Al Gore demanded a recount. Pretty soon stories started to appear of faulty voting equipment and confusing ballots. The Florida court decided in favor of a recount but George W.

Bush appealed to...