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Our Secret ConstitutionHow Lincoln Redefined American Democracy$
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George P. Fletcher

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780195156287

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195156285.001.0001

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Election Blues 2000

Election Blues 2000

(p.231) Election Blues 2000
Our Secret Constitution

George P. Fletcher (Contributor Webpage)

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In this afterword, the author discusses the events surrounding the 2000 U.S. Presidential election, in which George W. Bush became President based on a Supreme Court ruling that gave him the majority in the electoral college, defeating Vice President Al Gore, who had won the popular vote. The widely held ideal of a popular democracy is contrasted with the reality of the Twelfth Amendment system of electoral votes, and the author asserts that such contrasts point to the ongoing conflict between our “two constitutions” and our own sense of nationhood. Issues of voter disenfranchisement raised in the election are also examined.

Keywords:   George W. Bush, 2000 election, electoral college, Al Gore, nationhood, popular democracy, popular vote, Supreme Court, Twelfth Amendment, voter disenfranchisement

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