A Very Streamlined Introduction to Bush v. Gore
George Mason University School of Law
November 22, 2010
St. Thomas Law Review, Forthcoming
George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 10-61
Bush v. Gore is among the most reviled Supreme Court decisions in recent times. It is also one of the most widely misunderstood. This is partly because of the highly complex series of events that preceded the Court’s decision. But it is mostly because the Court’s opinion has been insistently mischaracterized by legions of academics and other pundits who simply hate what the Court did. Elsewhere, I have provided detailed analyses of the decision. Here, I will offer a concise explanation of what the Court did and why, and perhaps equally important what it did not do.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 13
Keywords: 2000 Presidential Election, Ballots, Constitutionality, County, Dade, Democratic, Dissent, Equal Protection Clause, Federalism, Florida, Invalid, Justices, Katherine Harris, Majority, Miami, Overvote, Palm Beach, Recount, Republican, Statewide, Unconstitutional, Undervote, Volusia, Voting Machine
JEL Classification: D72Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: November 24, 2010 ; Last revised: April 6, 2011
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