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Florida Recount- 10 Years Later

By: Amy Long Email
By: Amy Long Email

They say Hind Sight is 20/20 Tuesday night a panel of the key decision makers during the 2000 presidential election reflected on the Florida recount - the event that put Tallahassee in the spotlight. The media and everyone at home watched and waited.

Craig Waters, the Florida Supreme Court Spokesperson says, "The one thing I remember, I've talked to many people in the 10 years since Bush V Gore and here in Tallahassee unlike some places other you almost seem to have a sense of nostalgia."

Leon County Supervisor of Elections, Ion Sancho, says the different voting machines, including the Butterfly Ballot and Chad, were an accident waiting to happen. "It was a well-intentioned disaster."

Judge Terry Lewis and Judge Nikki Clark took presided over many electoral cases- and their 15 minutes of fame stretched to 37 days.

"It's important to see that we do have a nation that's ruled by law and while people disagreed and disagreed very strongly, people accepted the rulings of courts." Second Judicial Circuit, Judge Terry Lewis

While no one could have seen the political and media frenzy coming- the panel had a few laughs when recalling the position that put their names in history. Justice Jorge Labarga, Florida Supreme Court recalls: "Within 5 seconds I had about 20 microphones this close to me asking me if I was going to grant a new election."

December 12, 2000 the Supreme Court voted that the Florida Supreme Court's ruling of a statewide recount of ballots was unconstitutional, and any recounts that could not be completed before a December 12 deadline would return to the original number.

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