2000 Election Of 2000 Essay

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B v. G Is this sick or what? November 3rd 2000 over 100 million American voters took to the polls unaware that their votes wouldn’t matter. Al Gore won the popular vote and George W. Bush won the electoral vote; or did he? Something was not right in the state of Florida. The contest to become the 43rd President of the United States became a Supreme Court dispute over the way we vote. The guy who got the most votes in the U.S. and in Florida and under our Constitution (Al Gore) will lose to America's second choice (George W. Bush) that won the all-important 5-4 Supreme Court vote (2). How could this happen and was it fair? How does America’s subsequent choice become president? For one to fully understand what occurred last November and December…show more content…
Citizen’s votes help elected state officials decide which nominee receives their state’s electoral votes. 100 senators, 435 representatives and 3 votes awarded to the District of Columbia make up all 538 electoral votes. Our 535 elected officials are, in theory, supposed to reflect the ideas of their constituents. Unfortunately there is not a law that calls for electors to vote according to their state’s popular vote. The 2000 election is an example of how it is possible for a candidate to win the nation-wide popular vote and not the win the presidency. According to cnn.com Al Gore won the popular vote with 50,456,169 ballots and George W. Bush only received 50,996,116(1). Al Gore won a lot of states by a landslide victory but all those popular votes add up to however many electoral votes a state had. George W. Bush, on the other hand, barely won some states but was still given all of the electoral votes. This may not seem fair but this is how the system works and it offered a close outcome in the 2000 election. Another possible reason why the election was so close is because of the popularity of third party candidate Ralph Nader. Like other third party candidates in history Nader offered an alternative to the Republican and Democratic Parties. This election could have been close because of Nader drawing votes away from both Bush and
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