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

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In this book, author Dr. Garvin Karunaratne examines the administrative bungling which enabled George W. Bush to clinch a victory in the 2000 U.S. Presidential Election. Karunaratne explores the debacle in Florida, where a winner was announced before all ballots had been counted. Faulty and confusing ballot design, incomplete voter registration, counting of votes by outmoded and erratic voting machines, the inefficiency of the administration of the election at the County and the State level, and harassment of voters at the hands of police, are some of the aspects analyzed in detail. Professor George Axinn of Michigan State University states in the foreword that "Dr. Karunaratne carefully reports the actual events and demonstrates that administrative bungling was to blame...(a task) done exceptionally well." Professor Axinn also adds that this book, "should be useful for various groups of people interested in democracy and politics and especially by students of political science in Universities." The book breaks new ground in the field of the administration of elections, an area that has hitherto been ignored in political studies. It also makes suggestions for the U.S. to once again reassert itself as the world's giant of democracy.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761827269
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 2/28/2004
  • Pages: 152
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Garvin Karunaratne, a former elections administrator, is an international consultant, researcher and writer as well as Director of the Center for Global Poverty Alleviation, London, United Kingdom. He holds a Ph.D. from Michigan State University.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Introduction 1
Ch. 2 The chronology of the U.S. presidential election of 2000 7
Ch. 3 Why the 2000 presidential election moved to the courts 15
Ch. 4 The Florida Supreme Court decision 25
Ch. 5 The US Supreme Court decision 31
Ch. 6 The administration of the 2000 presidential election 49
Ch. 7 The electoral college 101
Ch. 8 The role of the media 109
Ch. 9 Conclusion 113
Bibliography 117
Author : biographical sketch 125
Index 127
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