The Administrative Bungling That Hijacked the 2000 U. S. Presidential Election

The Administrative Bungling That Hijacked the 2000 U. S. Presidential Election

by Garvin Karunaratne
     
 

ISBN-10: 0761827269

ISBN-13: 9780761827269

Pub. Date: 01/28/2004

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc

Karunaratne, who has worked in government administration in his native Sri Lanka and several other countries, was visiting his son in California during the 2000 election, and was amused to watch the World's Single Superpower be defeated by the task of counting its own votes. Though the manipulation of the US Supreme Court was the immediate cause of the election…  See more details below

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Karunaratne, who has worked in government administration in his native Sri Lanka and several other countries, was visiting his son in California during the 2000 election, and was amused to watch the World's Single Superpower be defeated by the task of counting its own votes. Though the manipulation of the US Supreme Court was the immediate cause of the election failure, he says that the administration of the entire election process—registering voters, holding elections, faulty voting machines, recounts—preclude finding the real winner in any election. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761827269
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
Publication date:
01/28/2004
Pages:
152
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Forewordvii
Prefacexi
Acknowledgementsxiii
Chapter 1.Introduction1
Chapter 2.The Chronology of the U.S Presidential Election of 20007
Chapter 3.Why the 2000 Presidential Election Moved to the Courts15
Chapter 4.The Florida Supreme Court Decision25
Chapter 5.The US Supreme Court Decision31
The Per Curiam Decision31
The Decision to stop the recount of ballots32
Was a recount with uniform standards possible?34
The December 12th Order to reverse the decision Re recount of ballots35
The deadline of 12th December39
The Validity of the Order41
Political Partisanship42
Conflict of Interest44
Conclusion45
Chapter 6.The Administration of the 2000 Presidential Election49
Voter's Lists49
US Convicted Felons51
Voter Frauds52
Provisional Ballots53
Ballots55
The Butterfly and Caterpillar Ballot Designs56
Absentee Ballots61
Recreating Ballots67
The Areas of Voting Precincts68
Polling69
Counting of Votes70
Inexperienced and Untrained Staff70
Counting Machines73
Use of different standards in counting80
Over-votes and Under-votes83
Recounts85
Voter Turnout86
Florida Secretary of State, Katherine Harris87
Maladministration90
Intimidation and Harassment90
Political Patronage93
Lack of specialist staff in election work94
Lobbyists96
Contributions by Interest Groups97
Campaign Expenses98
Conclusion99
Chapter 7.The Electoral College101
Chapter 8.The Role of the Media109
Chapter 9.Conclusion113
Bibliography117
Author: Biographical Sketch125
Index127

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