Presidential Election 2000: Dimples And Chads Essay

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Presidential Election 2000: Dimples And Chads

The Bush Vs. Gore campaign was at its climax in late October of 2000.
The people of the nation were casting their votes, and the two leading
candidates were neck to neck. The tension was sky high on election
day November 7, 2000. Behold, we were to have a new president; so
we thought.
Election experts have called for "evolution" instead of a "revolution" in
changing the way the country goes about its elections. Never in history
has such controversy risen as in the election 2000; Bush Vs. Gore.
Election 2000 has raised "serious concerns over the integrity of the
voting system," Filled with demonstrations of voting machines and
oversized punch-card ballots. The election was ultimately made
overcomplicated due to the counting of ballots which were now being
re-counted on a local level because of what we now call DIMPLES AND
CHADS.
Dimples and Chads are funny names to be given to election ballots;
but then again, what wasn't funny about this election as a whole?
Election ballots are set up to be like punch-in cards. A person casts
their vote, and a hole is punched into a ballot where the space for the
candidate is provided. It seems to be easy enough. However, that was
not the case in this presidential election. For some reason, ballots went
up the walls with malfunctions. These bogus ballots were given the
names "Dimples and Chads". Dimples are the given name to ballots in
which the vote seemed to be intended but were not quite punched
through but sort of made to look like a "dimple". Chads, on the other
hand, are votes in which a part of the punched vote has gone through,
but the whole thing is not punched through. It is called a chad when
the vote is punched but still attached to the ballot in some which way.
As a result of these complications in the votes, debate was brought
about as to which votes were going to be counted and which were not.
Also it arose as to who was trying or attempting to vote for who. Thus,
the debate over dimples and chads began.
However, experts such as Doug Lewis executive director of the Election
Center in Houston, Texas, said we shouldn't be too alarmed. He says
that the framers of the Constitution purposely designed the process to
be flawed because they didn't trust in a centralized authority. He also
says that a perfect election is one where none of the imperfections go
into the eyes of the public. He believes that ballot design and voting
equipment should be re-examined and changed so that there should
be more "legal precision" about what is constituted a vote.
Ultimately, the candidates, nor the nation were satisfied with the way
things were turning out. There was debate here and controversy there,
surrounded by confusion and disorganization. Thus, the vote re-counts
began. Recounts of the votes began in every state necessary. People
were sat down to examine and count every vote in question for hours,
days, and weeks at a time. Governor Bush, had received 2,909,135
votes, and Vice President Gore, had received 2,907,351 votes, a
winning advantage of 1,784 for Governor Bush. You would figure that
Bush would victoriously win. However, Vice president Gore would not
be still with this outcome. His disappointment would be backed up by
the misunderstanding of votes in the nation. I'm sure there must have
been many recounts in several if not all states. However, things didn't
heat up or get as difficult as they did in the state of Florida.
The Bush Vs. Gore campaign was at its climax in late October of 2000.
The people of the nation were casting their votes, and the two leading
candidates were neck to neck. The tension was sky high on election
day November 7, 2000. Behold, we were to have a new president; so
we thought.
Election experts have called for "evolution" instead of a "revolution" in
changing the way the country goes about its elections. Never in history
has such controversy risen as in the election 2000; Bush Vs. Gore.
Election 2000 has raised "serious concerns over the integrity of the
voting system," Filled with demonstrations of voting machines and
oversized punch-card ballots. The election was ultimately made
overcomplicated due to the counting of ballots which were now being
re-counted on a local level because of what we now call DIMPLES AND
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