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The battle for Florida : an annotated compendium of materials from the 2000 presidential election /
edited by Lance deHaven-Smith.
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Gainesville : University Press of Florida, 2005.
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xvii, 323 p.
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0813028191 (alk. paper)
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Gainesville : University Press of Florida, 2005.
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0813028191 (alk. paper)
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5432336
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Lance deHaven-Smith is professor of public policy at the Reubin O'D. Askew School of Public Administration and Policy at Florida State University.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2005-12-01:
This provocative work examines the Florida recount in the 2000 presidential election. It contends that the Florida election laws were well equipped to handle the recount, but the partisan elected officials in Florida who administered them acted to keep the laws from performing the way they were intended. It also argues that Al Gore would have won Florida if these laws had been faithfully executed. The book is interesting and thought provoking but would have benefited from a dose of objectivity. Its arguments are weakened because the analysis too often slips from insightful to partisan demagoguery in depicting Republican motives and tactics negatively (not just in the 2000 election) while often portraying Democrats and their intentions as pure and proper. Its interpretation of events and motives are open to question, and the book should have included citations to support its arguments. The appendixes at the end of each chapter contain an impressive accumulation of information, including statutes, legal documents, statistical data, and many other items. It is the appendixes that those interested in the recount may find the most intriguing and important part of the book. ^BSumming Up: Optional. Upper-division undergraduates and above. R. L. Welch West Texas A&M University
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“An unusual and potentially very valuable piece on the 2000 election. It is much more thorough than some of the materials which have been published . . . certainly the inclusion of so many documents raises the project to a level above any other book-length project I have seen to date.”-Richard K. Scher, University of Florida The Battle for Floridacombines an analysis of the disputed 2000 presidential election with a broad array of supporting materials, including legal documents and transcripts, government reports, state and federal legislation, and more. DeHaven-Smith addresses troubling questions about American democracy raised by the election in Florida and argues that the true outcome of the election could have been determined despite the controversy, if the laws of the state had been interpreted reasonably and administered in good faith. The derailing of the election system by partisan intrigue is only one of several failures he examines in this concise, readable guide to the events and documents of the 2000 controversy. Drawing on classical political philosophy and modern democratic theory, deHaven-Smith traces the election breakdown to partisanship in the system of election administration, flaws in the U.S. Constitution, and weaknesses in the nation’s civic culture. His account of the election and its aftermath provides a closely documented analysis of what happened in Florida and a discussion of critical importance to public officials, election activists, scholars of the presidency, and students of African-American and minority politics.
Long Description
"the Battle for Florida combines an analysis of the disputed 2000 presidential election with a broad array of supporting materials, including legal documents and transcripts, government reports, state and federal legislation, and more. Del-Iaven-Smith addresses troubling questions about American democracy raised by the electron in Florida and argues that the true outcome of the election could have been determined despite the controversy, if the laws of the state had been interpreted reasonably and administered in good faith. The derailing of the electron systems by partisan intrigue is only one of several failures he examines in this concise, readable guide to the guide to the events and documents of the 2000 controversy. Drawing on classical political philosophy and modem democratic theory, del-lavan-smith traces the electron breakdown to partisanship in the system of election administration, flaws in the U.S. Constitution, and weaknesses in the nation's civic culture. His account of the election and its aftermath provides a closely documented analysis of what happened in Florida and a discussion of critical importance to public officials, election activists, scholars of the presidency, and students of African-American and minority politics.
Main Description
The Battle for Floridacombines an analysis of the disputed 2000 presidential election with a broad array of supporting materials, including legal documents and transcripts, government reports, state and federal legislation, and more. DeHaven-Smith addresses troubling questions about American democracy raised by the election in Florida and argues that the true outcome of the election could have been determined despite the controversy, if the laws of the state had been interpreted reasonably and administered in good faith. The derailing of the election system by partisan intrigue is only one of several failures he examines in this concise, readable guide to the events and documents of the 2000 controversy. Drawing on classical political philosophy and modern democratic theory, deHaven-Smith traces the election breakdown to partisanship in the system of election administration, flaws in the U.S. Constitution, and weaknesses in the nation’s civic culture. His account of the election and its aftermath provides a closely documented analysis of what happened in Florida and a discussion of critical importance to public officials, election activists, scholars of the presidency, and students of African-American and minority politics.
Main Description
The Battle for Floridacombines an analysis of the disputed 2000 presidential election with a broad array of supporting materials, including legal documents and transcripts, government reports, state and federal legislation, and more. DeHaven-Smith addresses troubling questions about American democracy raised by the election in Florida and argues that the true outcome of the election could have been determined despite the controversy, if the laws of the state had been interpreted reasonably and administered in good faith. The derailing of the election system by partisan intrigue is only one of several failures he examines in this concise, readable guide to the events and documents of the 2000 controversy. Drawing on classical political philosophy and modern democratic theory, deHaven-Smith traces the election breakdown to partisanship in the system of election administration, flaws in the U.S. Constitution, and weaknesses in the nation's civic culture. His account of the election and its aftermath provides a closely documented analysis of what happened in Florida and a discussion of critical importance to public officials, election activists, scholars of the presidency, and students of African-American and minority politics.
Description for Bookstore
"An unusual and potentially very valuable piece on the 2000 election. It is much more thorough than some of the materials which have been published . . . certainly the inclusion of so many documents raises the project to a level above any other book-length project I have seen to date."-Richard K. Scher, University of Florida The Battle for Floridacombines an analysis of the disputed 2000 presidential election with a broad array of supporting materials, including legal documents and transcripts, government reports, state and federal legislation, and more. DeHaven-Smith addresses troubling questions about American democracy raised by the election in Florida and argues that the true outcome of the election could have been determined despite the controversy, if the laws of the state had been interpreted reasonably and administered in good faith. The derailing of the election system by partisan intrigue is only one of several failures he examines in this concise, readable guide to the events and documents of the 2000 controversy. Drawing on classical political philosophy and modern democratic theory, deHaven-Smith traces the election breakdown to partisanship in the system of election administration, flaws in the U.S. Constitution, and weaknesses in the nation's civic culture. His account of the election and its aftermath provides a closely documented analysis of what happened in Florida and a discussion of critical importance to public officials, election activists, scholars of the presidency, and students of African-American and minority politics.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrationsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Studying the 2000 Electionp. 1
Compendium Overviewp. 1
Election Emotionsp. 3
The Election as Dramap. 4
The Anticlimax of December 12p. 4
Foolish Certitudep. 6
The Main Question in 2000p. 7
Questions Now and for the Futurep. 9
Some Preliminary Answersp. 11
Appendix to Chapter 1
Frequently Asked Questionsp. 12
Election Timelinep. 15
Who Really Won?p. 25
Enduring Confusionp. 26
Sources of Error in Casting and Tabulating Votesp. 27
Florida's Election Law Reforms of 1989p. 28
Reforms in 1999p. 29
Ballot Spoilage and Voter Error in 2000p. 30
Partisan Differences in Error Ratesp. 31
The Butterfly Ballotp. 32
Valid Votes among the Discarded Ballotsp. 34
Valid Overvotesp. 35
What Counts as a Legally Valid Vote?p. 37
The Election Outcome: When All Votes Are Countedp. 38
Why the Public Remained Uninformedp. 39
Appendix to Chapter 2
Federal, Florida, and Texas Election Law in 2000p. 43
Frequently Asked Questions about the National Opinion Research Center's "Florida Ballot Project"p. 55
NORC Media "Read_me" File: Supplemental Tables and Analytical Assumptionsp. 58
Examples of Gadsden County Ballotsp. 87
Official Election Certificationp. 88
Law, Politics, and Administrationp. 89
Overview of Judicial Decision Making in 2000p. 90
The Candidates' Positions in a Nutshellp. 91
The Opening Salvop. 91
Initial Issues Resolved by the State Courtsp. 93
Side Issuesp. 94
Legislative Saber Rattlingp. 95
First Ruling of the U.S. Supreme Courtp. 96
Points Scored by Gore in the Election Contestp. 98
Why Gore Lost the Contest Phasep. 100
The U.S. Supreme Court Steps in Againp. 103
Constitutional Origins of the Judicial Breakdownp. 106
Legal Ambiguity and the Partisan Conspiracy of Florida Legislatorsp. 106
Deja Vu in 2000: The Disputed Election of 1876p. 107
Appendix to Chapter 3
Principal Judicial Decisions in the 2000 Electionp. 109
Excerpts from Florida Supreme Court Decision Changing Recount Deadlinep. 112
Excerpts from Bush's First Motion on Equal Treatment Issuesp. 133
U.S. Supreme Court Writ Stopping All Recountingp. 138
U.S. Supreme Court Decision of December 12p. 141
Florida Attorney General Advisory Opinion of November 14p. 187
Remarks by Florida Senate Presidentp. 192
Transmittal Letter for Legislative Report on Special Sessionp. 193
Excerpt from Ruling by Florida Supreme Court Mandating Statewide Manual Recountp. 193
The Electoral and Partisan Contextp. 195
Why Voting Patterns Were Ignoredp. 196
An Unnoticed Surprisep. 197
Republican Fears in 2000p. 198
The Modern Ascendance of Republican Powerp. 199
Florida's Three-Party Systemp. 200
What Republicans Learned from the Old He Coonp. 203
Lessons from Jeb's Victory in 1998p. 204
Courting the Blue Dogs in 2000p. 205
Voting Patterns in 2000p. 206
Republican Strategies for Expanding the Party's Electoral Basep. 206
Republican Embattlementsp. 207
Misfeasance and Malfeasance Related to the 2000 Electionp. 209
The End or the Beginning?p. 212
Appendix to Chapter 4
1999 Law on Felon Disenfranchisementp. 214
Transcript of Remarks by Florida Speaker of the House, Tom Feeney, November 22, 2000p. 216
Special Session Proclamationp. 230
Duke University Study of Partisanship in the Militaryp. 231
The Failure of Post-Election Reformp. 243
Parting Wordsp. 244
Sore/Losermanp. 245
Running Out the Clockp. 246
Partisan Perspectives on American Politics, Society, and Historyp. 247
Ideology and Politics in the Post-Election Responsep. 251
Troubling Questions about Possible Conspiraciesp. 254
The Task Force of Governor Jeb Bushp. 257
2001 Revisions to Florida's Election Lawsp. 259
Official Evidence of Criminal Actsp. 264
Appendix to Chapter 5
Al Gore's Concession Speechp. 269
George W. Bush's Victory Speechp. 272
George W. Bush's Inaugural Addressp. 276
Jeb Bush's Executive Order Establishing a Task Forcep. 280
Oath of Office from the Florida Constitutionp. 282
Epiloguep. 283
Critical Categories in Western Political Thoughtp. 284
Institutional Failuresp. 287
Failures of Leadershipp. 291
Failures of Citizenshipp. 294
Implications for Speech and Actionp. 295
Bibliographyp. 301
Indexp. 315
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