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Remembering Bush V. Gore

By: Mike Vasilinda Email
By: Mike Vasilinda Email

By: Mike Vasilinda
September 20, 2013

The former Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice who served when lawsuits decided the winner of the two thousand election is touring the state with an inside story of the decisions. Florida’s election failure in 2012 is proof history does repeat itself.

For 36 Days, Florida’s Capitol and Supreme Court were under siege, from national and international media crews, wanting and waiting for a decision on who would be President.

Now, the man who headed Florida’s Supreme Court during this conflict is telling the inside story. Former Supreme Court Justice Charles Wells says just days after the election, he discovered flaws in state election laws. “And I thought to myself, you know just like those astronauts on Apollo 13, Houston we got a problem here,” says Charles Wells, Attorney/Author.

During the turmoil, the court which usually takes months to make a decision, was making them in hours. “We developed that opinion as a whole. All members of the court were in the conference,” says Charles Wells.

Florida election law has changed dramatically since this court was the center of international attention.

Even with changes in the law, Wells isn’t sure problems won’t surface again. “Until they are stress-tested we don’t know how much capitol we have in the bank,” says Charles Wells.

In 2012, it took Miami Dade county three days to count ballots. Lawmakers changed elections law again this spring.


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