Palm Beach County Voters Said About the Ballot Layout
Within hours of the opening of the
polls on November 7, many voters in Palm Beach County reported
to election officials that they were confused by the ballot.
Source: The NY
Ken Dempsy, top, of Lake Worth, Fla., at the Palm
Beach Government Center on Friday.
Casper R. Taylor, House speaker in Maryland, worries
about a loss of respect for the system.
Top Democrats Are Telling Gore
Some senior figures in the Democratic party, in Washington
and in the states, are using interviews with reporters to convey
the message to Vice President Gore that, if he is still behind in
Florida after the overseas absentee ballots are counted, he should
concede the election to Governor Bush rather than seek judicial
Source: The NY Times
to Litigation to Settle an Election
Both the Bush and the Gore campaigns have
filed or supported lawsuits regarding the disputed vote count
in Florida. However, the legal strategies being pursued by the
two sides are very different, with the Republican lawsuits being
filed in federal court before appointed judges with life tenure
and the Democratic lawsuits being filed in state court before
The New York
James A. Baker III at news conference yesterday
in Tallahassee, Fla.
Palm Beach County election supervisor Theresa LePore
has taken heat for designing a confusing ballot.
Vote-Counting Systems are Used in the United States
Five different types of voting systems are used for American elections:
punch cards, lever machines, optical scanners, touch-screens,
and paper ballots. What is the future of these methods of casting
and counting ballots? Could Internet voting be the wave of the
Source: The LA times
Clinton Advocates Elimination of the Electoral College
Rodham Clinton announced in a post-election press conference that
she will press for a constitutional amendment for direct popular
vote of the President as one of her priorities as a member of
Congress. Because of her national visibility, Clinton is likely
to be one of the most influential junior senators of the minority
party in many years.
source: The New York times
In Albany, Hillary Rodham Clinton stopped at the
local airport on Friday on a tour of six upstate cities to thank
supporters and emphasize her plans to help the region's economy.
World seeks lessons from US vote The elections
made headlines around the world
Press Reaction to US Electoral Uncertainty
Newspapers in nations around the world that have
been criticized by the U.S. government for lacking free and fair
elections comment on the aftermath of the U.S. election.
Source: the BBC
the U.S. Change Its 18th and 19th Century Voting Systems?
Some of the most interesting commentary on the
results of the U.S. election has come from British newspaper columnists.
Jonathan Freedland notes how Americans' attachment to 19th century
electoral forms has contributed to the uncertain outcome of last
weekÕs election. He argues that the U.S. could learn some lessons
about conducting elections from the U.K.
Source: The Guardian
Other Disputed Election Results Have Been Handled
Disputed election results
have been resolved by the courts, but never before in a presidential
election. One of those disputes, involving a Democratic congressional
primary eventually won by Rep. William Delahunt (Middlebury '64),
led Massachusetts officials to ban further use of the punch-card
ballot at issue in Palm Beach County.
The washington post
If Election Dispute Is Not Resolved by December 18
The 12th Amendment to the Constitution provides that
the electors are supposed to meet in their respective states on
December 18 and send their votes to Washington, where they will
be counted before a joint session of Congress on January 6 - a session
that will be presided over by the "President of the Senate," who
will, on January 6, be Vice President Al Gore. But what happens
if Florida's electors are unable to cast their votes on December
There a Danger in Sticking Too Close to the Center?
British political analyst Richard Sennett argues
that Al Gore and the Democrats could have won a convincing victory
had they done more to appeal to the supporters of Ralph Nader and
Source: The Guardian
by Executive Order
With the budgets for many federal agencies still
in legislative limbo on Capitol Hill, the Clinton administration
plans to issue executive orders to carry out a number of policies
that are included in the stalled budget bills. These executive orders
would go into effect shortly before Clinton's term ends on January
Source: The New York Times
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