August 24, 2016

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Andrew and Thomas continue their discussion of the 2000 U.S. Presidential election, moving from resurrecting long-dead jokes about “hanging chads” to explaining how the legal challenge that could determine the Presidency began in a tiny county courthouse in Florida.

Show Notes & Links

  1. The Supreme Court’s decision in Bush v. Gore, 531 U.S. 98 (2000).
  2. Palm Beach County’s insane “butterfly ballot,” which resulted in thousands of extra votes for Pat Buchanan that were almost certainly intended for Al Gore.
  3. The American Political Science Review article referenced on the show which did a statistical analysis of the Buchanan “butterfly ballot” votes.
  4. Herron & Lewis’s 2006 political science article showing that Nader cost Gore the election in Florida even assuming no recount.
  5. One example of an early media report stating that Bush would have won with limited recounts of the sort Gore was seeking from the Florida courts.
  6. More recent studies indicate that if the recount had been allowed to proceed, Gore would have won.

Law Talkin' Stuff

Law Court Thingies




  • [00:00:00] Intro
  • [00:01:18] (Deep dive) Continuation from OA #002
    • [00:01:30] Joe Lieberman picked as Al Gore's running mate
    • [00:03:30] How Gore should have easily won
    • [00:10:27] 2012 election and how the polls changed after the first debate
    • [00:12:28] 2000 Election Night
    • [00:17:34] Fun Tip from Andrew about election watching
    • [00:19:37] Florida vote totals
    • [00:23:00] When does a vote count?
    • [00:24:00] Election night for Andrew and Thomas
  • [00:24:44] Outro

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