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The Administrative Bungling that Hijacked the 2000 U.S. Presidential Election - Garvin Karunaratne

The Administrative Bungling that Hijacked the 2000 U.S. Presidential Election

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In this book, author Dr. Garvin Karunaratne examines the administrative bungling which enabled George W. Bush to clinch a victory in the 2000 U.S. Presidential Election. Karunaratne explores the debacle in Florida, where a winner was announced before all ballots had been counted. Faulty and confusing ballot design, incomplete voter registration, counting of votes by outmoded and erratic voting machines, the inefficiency of the administration of the election at the County and the State level, and harassment of voters at the hands of police, are some of the aspects analyzed in detail. Professor George Axinn of Michigan State University states in the foreword that "Dr. Karunaratne carefully reports the actual events and demonstrates that administrative bungling was to blame...(a task) done exceptionally well." Professor Axinn also adds that this book, "should be useful for various groups of people interested in democracy and politics and especially by students of political science in Universities." The book breaks new ground in the field of the administration of elections, an area that has hitherto been ignored in political studies. It also makes suggestions for the U.S. to once again reassert itself as the world's giant of democracy.

Forewordp. vii
Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgementsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
The Chronology of the U.S Presidential Election of 2000p. 7
Why the 2000 Presidential Election Moved to the Courtsp. 15
The Florida Supreme Court Decisionp. 25
The US Supreme Court Decisionp. 31
The Per Curiam Decisionp. 31
The Decision to stop the recount of ballotsp. 32
Was a recount with uniform standards possible?p. 34
The December 12th Order to reverse the decision Re recount of ballotsp. 35
The deadline of 12th Decemberp. 39
The Validity of the Orderp. 41
Political Partisanshipp. 42
Conflict of Interestp. 44
Conclusionp. 45
The Administration of the 2000 Presidential Electionp. 49
Voter's Listsp. 49
US Convicted Felonsp. 51
Voter Fraudsp. 52
Provisional Ballotsp. 53
Ballotsp. 55
The Butterfly and Caterpillar Ballot Designsp. 56
Absentee Ballotsp. 61
Recreating Ballotsp. 67
The Areas of Voting Precinctsp. 68
Pollingp. 69
Counting of Votesp. 70
Inexperienced and Untrained Staffp. 70
Counting Machinesp. 73
Use of different standards in countingp. 80
Over-votes and Under-votesp. 83
Recountsp. 85
Voter Turnoutp. 86
Florida Secretary of State, Katherine Harrisp. 87
Maladministrationp. 90
Intimidation and Harassmentp. 90
Political Patronagep. 93
Lack of specialist staff in election workp. 94
Lobbyistsp. 96
Contributions by Interest Groupsp. 97
Campaign Expensesp. 98
Conclusionp. 99
The Electoral Collegep. 101
The Role of the Mediap. 109
Conclusionp. 113
Bibliographyp. 117
Author: Biographical Sketchp. 125
Indexp. 127
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ISBN: 9780761827276
ISBN-10: 0761827277
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 152
Published: 10th February 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.5 x 14.9  x 1.2
Weight (kg): 0.21