Elections Experts Reminisce

As the election of 2004 is still a matter of uncertainty, there is something some local experts do know; some overtime will be on their agenda thanks to the media. FSU professors helped to shed some light during those three weeks in 2000 and what they expect this time around.

The elections debacle of 2000 took the nation by surprise and quickly landed FSU the spotlight.

Steve Mac says, “There weren't many elections experts, so they went to our faculty and we did really well. We had many of our professors on national television.”

With so much confusion, media both national and international took over the schedules of FSU political science professors.

Tom Carsey, an FSU political science professor, says, “I probably averaged six or seven hours talking to media. There were days I didn't do anything else but talk to reporters.”

Professor of Constitutional Law Steven Gey says he did hundreds of interviews, trying his best to explain legal issues.

Steven Gey says, “[The] real trick is trying to explain to people who aren't lawyers or don't care for lawyers and do it in English.”

Problems have not only gotten fixed, they've gotten worse, and while none would predict a winner, let's just say they've marked off time on their schedule for the media.

FSU professors say the 2000 elections proved to be one of the most effective teaching tools by allowing students to learn about politics and law as it unraveled right before their eyes.


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