By Gloria Roemer
Many of us painfully remember the “hanging chad” 2000 presidential election. Incumbent Vice President Al Gore and challenger Texas Governor George W. Bush ran a close race in the fall of 2000 with both sides alternating being in the lead. But, in the end, it all came down to Florida and its 25 electoral votes to determine the winner. Gore was declared the winner of Florida, then Bush was declared the winner, then Florida was declared “too close to call” and after numerous filed appeals and Court intervention, the Supreme Court 7-2 determined that the Florida recount as it was being conducted, was unconstitutional on the grounds that there were not clear standards that were being applied consistently to all ballots. Then, by a 5-4 vote, the Court declare that time had run out to “devise a remedy”. Bush was declared the winner by the US Supreme Court. Needless to say, the ruling was not without controversy.
Now, 20 years later, it may be up to the SCOTUS again to determine the outcome of the 2020 presidential election. Former Vice President Joe Biden has declared himself the winner and the next President of the United States. Incumbent President Donald Trump has filed a flurry of appeals to SCOTUS for recounts due to alleged fraud and vote count misdoings on the part of several states, particularly Pennsylvania, the state that put Biden over the 270 electoral votes needed to win the election.
It took 37 days after the election for a winner to be determined in the 2000 presidential election. As of today, we are seven days out and could have another 30 or so days to go. Time to get out the popcorn and watch “as the election goes”. Stay tuned …it ain’t over ‘til it’s over!