Recounts: Elections in Overtime

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Edward B. Foley

Ohio State University (OSU) - Michael E. Moritz College of Law

Date Written: September 18, 2012


This book chapter, part of a collection on Election Law and Politics, edited by Matthew Streb and to be published by Routledge, provides an introduction to vote-counting disputes in the United States. In addition to a general overview to the history of these disputes, as well as a discussion of the dynamics of how these disputes arise in the context of contemporary law and politics, the chapter focuses on America's two major disputed presidential elections: 1876 and 2000.

Keywords: recount, contest, Bush, Gore, Hayes, Tilden, canvass

Suggested Citation

Foley, Edward B., Recounts: Elections in Overtime (September 18, 2012). Ohio State Public Law Working Paper No. 209. Available at SSRN: or

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