Supreme Court ruled 7-2 on 2000 election

May 03, 2004

Dear Editor:

I must correct something reported in a letter published in your paper April 21.

Mr. Daniel Fulton stated that there was not a 7-2 decision in relation to the election of President Bush in 2000. He is wrong and should be corrected. I question many of Mr. Fulton's so-called facts. The facts pertaining to the Supreme Court's decision are as follows:

On Dec. 4, 2000, the Florida Supreme Court was requested to answer the following question by the U.S. Supreme Court: "Why the Florida Supreme Court ordered the Florida secretary of state (Harris) to accept results of vote counts after the Nov. 14 deadline as defined by Florida state law?" The Florida Supreme Court never responded to the request.

On Dec. 12, 2000, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 7-2 to reverse the Florida Supreme Court, which had ordered manual recounts in certain counties. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the recount was not treating all ballots equally and thus was in violation of the Constitution's equal protection and due process guarantees. The Florida Supreme Court would be required to set up new standards and carry them out in a recount. The Dec. 12 decision also included a 5-4 decision on implementing their remedy.


As you can see, there were two decisions, not to mention the Florida Supreme Court's failure to answer a question posed by the U.S. Supreme Court.

When someone reports something as a fact, they should at least do enough research to make sure they are correct. With a few minutes of research on Google, anyone can read the full chronology of the 2000 election fiasco.

Lyndell Hunt


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