FC: Bush v. Gore
1: Table of Contents: | Background How it got to the Supreme Court Relevant Amendment/ Constitutional Question Result Significance Citations | Pages 2-5 Pages 6-9 Pages 10-11 Page 12-13 Page 14-15 Pages 16-17 | 1
2: Background | In 2000, Bush ran against Gore in the presidential election. | Because of the controversial count in Florida, a recount was called for. | 2 | Florida was so vital to the election, because whoever won Florida, would win the popular vote.
3: A manual recount of the votes began in each county, but each county had a different idea of how to do their recount, causing lots of confusion. | Finally, the Supreme Court stepped in to attempt to resolve the problem. | Al Gore had more popular votes nationwide than George Bush, but neither had enough electoral votes to become the next president. | 3
4: People protested outside the White House, as well as the Supreme Court building, upset that their votes didn't count. | 4
5: In a per curiam decision, the Court ruled that the Florida Supreme Court's method for recounting ballots was a violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. | 5
6: Path to the Supreme Court | Every recount that was completed gave even more votes to Gore. Something strange was going on. | 6
7: All throughout the recounting process, Bush's lead fluctuated, although it remained a close race the entire time. | 7
8: By December 8, many courts have made there own decisions about the presidential election and whether or not to recount. | Eventually it reached the Florida Supreme Court and it was ruled to do a hand recount of all of the ballots in a 4-3 vote | 8
9: The United States Supreme Court heard the case by both Bush's and Gore's lawyer and the Florida Supreme Court. | And they decided to take the case very shortly after | Theodore Olson Bush | David Boies Gore | 9
10: Relevant Amendment | 14th Amendment | A recount of the ballots, is found to be a violation of the Equal Protection Clause under the 14th Amendment | 10
11: Equal Protection Clause | No state shall deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws | 11
12: Result | The Supreme Court decided that the safe harbor date of December 12th could not be achieved by a manual recount of the ballots. | The decision was made and the winner of the initial ballot count was determined to be the winner. | 12
13: Bush was the winner based on the 5-4 vote on the Bush v Gore case by the Supreme Court | With this decision Bush won the crucial state of Florida | 13
14: Significance | This case is significant because essentially the Supreme Court decided who was to become the next president of the United States and they ultimately choose Bush to be the president | 14
15: It is also significant because even if it didn't necessarily set a precedent, the Supreme Court didn't really want to get involved in the choosing of a president. So they can use this case as a basis for any future cases. | Also, | 15
16: Citations: | Bush fighting stance. July 2007. Xinhuanet. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 May 2012.
17: Sergis, Diana K. “The Road to the Supreme Court.” Bush v. Gore: Controversial Presidential Election Case. Berkeley Heights, New Jersey: Enslow Publishers Inc., 2000. 40-63. Print. Supreme Court Justices and Which Side They Took. 2010. E-Rockford. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 May 2012.