Bush v. Gore

(2000)

At issue in the U.S. Supreme Court case of Bush v. Gore was the winner of the 2000 presidential election, between the vice president, Albert Gore, Jr., and the Texas governor, George W. Bush. The two were separated by only some 200 votes—out of more than five million cast—in Florida, which held the decisive electoral college votes needed by each candidate to win the presidency. Al Gore had challenged the accuracy of the Florida vote totals, calling for selective hand recounts. George W. Bush defended these totals and challenged the validity of recounting votes by hand. Ultimately, the issues raised by the Florida recounts landed in the Supreme Court.

Traditionally, the federal courts have refused to become involved in “political question suits,” or disputes arising from and revolving around the politicalprocess. Foremost among such disputes are questions over electoral outcomes. In 2000, nevertheless, the U.S. Supreme Court was obligated to enter the political thicket of...

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