- Is there a chance that Gore would have won if the votes had been recounted completely?
- Was the Supreme Court mostly Republican at this time?
- Was Bush worried during the recount or was he fairly confident he had won?
- Has there ever had to be a recount like this before?
- How did the American public react to the idea of a recount?
Facts and Details:
- The Supreme Court backed their decision by referencing Article II, Clause II of the Constitution ("Each state shall appoint, in such manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors") and Section 5 of Title 3.
- Voting was made difficult due to the use of "butterfly ballots."
- Democrats argued that the State Law provided for a manual recount.
- Republicans argued that the manual recount was unlawful.
- The election was finally decided after the 5-4 majority of the Supreme Court. The recount had to stop and Bush was the winner.
- What would make manual recounting unlawful? How is it any less fair than the machine counting?
- Have we since changed our voting methods to avoid such confusing ballots?
- Was there a standard they could have made when deciding how to recount which outlined which ballots were counted as legal?
- Who was actually doing the manual recounting?
- Was the recounting stopped because of a lack of confidence in the counters?