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Campaign 2000 (Gore vs. Bush: Florida Recount / Law) #190024

ABC Evening News for Monday, Dec 11, 2000
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) The questions before the Supreme Court about the Florida court rulings on ballot recounts in the presidential election between Vice President Al Gore and Governor George W. Bush outlined on screen.

(Supreme Court: Jackie Judd) The bitter fight as arguments were heard before the Supreme Court featured; scenes shown of protesters outside. [Voice of Chief Justice William REHNQUIST - acknowledges the trying circumstances.] [In court, voices of Bush lawyer Theodore OLSON, Justices William SOUTER, Ruth Bader GINSBURG, Sandra Day O'CONNOR - raise the issues pertaining to the Florida supreme court decision to recount ballots.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings, Jack Ford) The central issues of whether the state court overstepped its bound with regard to the law and what the Supreme Court might do discussed. [Voice of O'CONNOR - raises the issue of a "Big Red Flag" in the relationship between the court and the legislature.] [Voice of Justice Stephen BREYER - asks questions about law and a recount.] [Voice of SOUTER - raises the issue of an objective rule for all counties.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Tallahassee: Erin Hayes) The move by the Florida legislature to make the Bush electors official and the counties' problems in deciding which ballots to count examined; scenes shown of ballots being counted. [Democratic state representative Dwight STANSEL - says he will support the resolution.] [Hillsborough County canvassing board Judge James DOMINGUEZ - cites an analogy about counting votes.] [Three OFFICIALS - raise the issue of how to count ballots.] [Marion County canvassing board Judge John FUTCH - wonders about standards for deciding on recounts.] [Duval County canvassing board Richard MULLANEY - says we have been "stunned" before.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) The issue of the absolute nature of certain deadlines raised.

(Washington: John Martin) The laws pertaining to choosing electors and when members of the electoral college must vote examined. [University of California at Berkeley law professor John YOO, Fordham University professor Abner GREENE, Georgetown University law professor Mark TUSHNET - attempt to clarify the time frame.] The possibility that Congress might have to choose between two slates of electors outlined.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) The reactions to the hearings from Bush and Gore summed up; details given from the ABC News/Washington Post poll questions of the public's view of problems with elections.

(New York: Bill Blakemore) The confusing national patchwork of voting across the country reviewed; map shown. [Senator Charles SCHUMER - says our voting system is "from before the flood"; adds that Palm Beach County used the cheapest voting machines.] [Stanford University law school Dean Kathleen SULLIVAN - questions Schumer's solution.] How Sullivan's solution to the problem would need a constitutional amendment to Article II, section 4 explained.

Blakemore, Bill;
Ford, Jack;
Hayes, Erin;
Jennings, Peter;
Judd, Jackie;
Martin, John

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