Disputed Presidential Election of 2000: A History and Reference Guide / Edition 1

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Overview

This all-in-one reference guide will help students, researchers, and interested readers make sense of the infamous election of 2000. Following an overview of the 2000 presidential race, five essays spotlight separate issues related to the race and its outcome. Biographical entries cover major players in the story. Primary documents from court cases show the actual wording of the legal decisions.

Millions of U.S. citizens can easily operate ATMs, yet elections for the nation's highest office still involve manual ballot counting, punch cards, and dangling chads. Why? This all-in-one reference guide will help students, researchers, and interested readers make sense of the infamous election of 2000. Following an overview of the 2000 presidential race, five essays spotlight separate issues related to the race and its outcome. Biographical entries cover major players in the story. Primary documents from court cases show the actual wording of the legal decisions, and Dover considers into the political and legal issues behind the actions and rulings.

Additional essays consider the role of federalism in national elections and the relevance of the Electoral College itself. The potential long-term consequences of the election are examined. Will there be sweeping changes in future presidential elections? In what areas will they appear? Finally, an annotated bibliography selects and reviews the most important responses written about the election. This guide is indispensable to anyone wanting to make sense of this perplexing historical event and electoral politics in the United States.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 10 Up-As Dover writes, "Almost certainly, the defining characteristic of the 2000 presidential election was the Florida vote controversy and the vast array of court cases, including a landmark one by the U.S. Supreme Court, that developed from it." Six chapters put the issues of the election into perspective with explanations of the historical context of the creation, development, and relevance of the Electoral College; Federalism; the Florida vote controversy and the court cases; and an essay exploring the long-term significance of the election. In his tightly written text, the author explains how the antiquated butterfly ballot caused confusion in the voting booth and precipitated demands for recounts and a seeming reversal in the court's history of expanding voter participation. A highlight of the book is the section "Primary Documents of the Election." Here, readers can study the Supreme Court decision in Bush v. Gore, including the dissenting opinion by Justices Stevens, Ginsburg, and Breyer. Average-quality, black-and-white photographs illustrate the volume. Biographical profiles, a chronology of events, charts, and an annotated bibliography add to the usefulness of this indispensable reference tool.-Patricia Ann Owens, Wabash Valley College, Mt. Carmel, IL Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313323195
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/30/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

E. D. DOVER is Professor of Political Science, Public Policy, and Administration at Western Oregon University. He is the author of Presidential Elections in the Television Age (Praeger, 1994), The Presidential Election of 1996 (Praeger, 1998), and Missed Opportunity (Praeger, 2002).

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
Key Players in the Disputed Presidential Election of 2000
Chronology of Events
1 Overview of the 2000 Election 1
2 The Electoral College: Creation, Development, and Relevance 23
3 The Florida Vote Controversy: Major Political and Legal Issues 37
4 The Florida Vote Controversy: Major Court Cases 53
5 Federalism and the Florida Vote Controversy 63
6 The Long-Term Significance of the Disputed Election of 2000 75
Biographies: The Personalities behind the Disputed Election of 2000 87
Primary Documents of the Election 111
Annotated Bibliography 153
Index 165
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