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1987-: We the People are still making history

December 13, 2000
A disputed election ends with a dignified transfer of power

Ballots and chads from the 2000 Presidential election

“Neither he nor I anticipated this long and difficult road…Yet it came, and now it has ended. Resolved, as it must be resolved, through the honored institutions of our democracy.”
—Albert Gore, Jr.

For five weeks we’ve been wondering who won the presidential election, ever since a dispute in the Florida popular vote led Democrat Al Gore to ask for a recount.

Everyone has questions. What’s the best way to count votes? Is the electoral system fair? Which legal body should finally determine the winner?

Not since 1876 has a presidential election been so disputed.

The Florida Supreme Court ordered a recount. But yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court said that the recount was unconstitutional.

Both rulings were deeply controversial, but we will abide by the outcome. Tonight, Gore conceded to Republican George W. Bush.

Read about it in the New York times

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