Hanging Chads by Julian M. Pleasants
The Inside Story of the 2000 Presidential Recount in Florida

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What's the real story behind the 2000 presidential election fiasco? Until now, there have only been biased accounts from both sides. Hanging Chads presents candid and insightful interviews with eleven of the key figures in the post-election recount in Florida, which decided whether Al Gore or George W. Bush would win the closest presidential contest ever. The book features an introduction that clearly explains the often complex and convoluted legal maneuvering that occurred during those tense thirty-six days of the recount, a timeline laying out the sequence of events, a cast of characters that identifies the key players on both sides, and a glossary of the court cases and legal terminology that came into play. Pleasants interviews the two main Florida lawyers, Dexter Douglass for Gore and Barry Richard for Bush, and discusses the decision-making process with three judges involved in key cases. The book includes the viewpoint of the press and key political players like Tom Feeney, the Florida legislature's Speaker of the House, and Mac Stipanovich, a key political advisor to Katherine Harris. In addition, Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Theresa LePore explains why she chose the infamous butterfly ballot that sent the whole process into motion.

About Julian M. Pleasants

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Julian M. Pleasants has been teaching history at the University of Florida since 1969. His field of interest is southern politics. His books include Buncombe Bob: The Life and Times of Robert Rice Reynolds and Orange Journalism: Voices from Florida Newspapers.
Published September 21, 2004 by Palgrave Macmillan. 304 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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In addition to these Q&As, there's a concise introduction chronicling the events that ended with the federal Supreme Court's landmark decision, a helpful""cast of characters"" section and a compendium of court cases and legal terms that comes in handy when navigating the judicial jungle surroundi...

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