The Votes that Counted: How the Court Decided the 2000 Presidential Election

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The struggle over the outcome of the 2000 presidential election inspired countless books, most of them hasty political critiques. However, with this book, Howard Gillman had different aims from the beginning: to create a lasting, authoritative document of the 36 days between the election and its legal resolution, to offer an accessible overview of the legal strategies and debates, and to assess the influence of politics and law on the judges who shaped the outcome of this ...

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Overview

The struggle over the outcome of the 2000 presidential election inspired countless books, most of them hasty political critiques. However, with this book, Howard Gillman had different aims from the beginning: to create a lasting, authoritative document of the 36 days between the election and its legal resolution, to offer an accessible overview of the legal strategies and debates, and to assess the influence of politics and law on the judges who shaped the outcome of this historical controversy.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226294087
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2003
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 325
  • Sales rank: 496,152
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Howard Gillman is a professor of political science and law at the University of Southern California. He is the author of The Constitution Besieged, winner of the Pritchett Award for best book in public law, and editor (with Cornell Clayton) of Supreme Court Decision-Making, also published by the University of Chicago Press.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Chronology of Events
Introduction: Courts and the Political Challenge of Election 2000
1. Who Won? The Election Goes to Court
2. Changing the Rules? The Florida Supreme Court, Round One
3. A Shot across the Bow: The U.S. Supreme Court Enters the Fray
4. Gore's Last Chance: The Florida Supreme Court, Round Two
5. The Dam Breaks: Five Justices Pick a President
6. The Politics behind the Votes That Counted
Appendixes
A. Provisions of the U.S. Constitution Relating to Election 2000 Litigation
B. Provisions of Federal Statutory Law Relating to Election 2000 Litigation
C. Provisions of Florida Election Law Relating to Election 2000 Litigation
D. Highlights of Major Cases in the 2000 Presidential Election Dispute
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Table of Cases
Index

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