The dramatic controversy surrounding the 2000 presidential election led to sweeping voting reforms, but opened the door to a new set of problems that continue to affect elections today.

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Bush v. Gore: How a Recount Dispute Affects Voting Today

Sr. Producer: Scott Michels
Update Producer: Sianne Garlick
Update Editor: Heru Muharrar

The recount of votes in Florida during the 2000 election focused worldwide attention on the country’s antiquated and disorganized voting system: chads (hanging, dimpled, pregnant or otherwise), confusing ballots, under-votes and over-votes. A bipartisan consensus soon emerged that the mechanics of voting needed to be improved. But the election also reminded many politicians that a few hundred votes could mean the difference between winning and losing. Nearly two decades later, the rules of voting are more controversial – and politicized – than ever.

16 Years After Bush v. Gore, Still Wrestling With Ballot-Box Rules by Clyde Haberman

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