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G. Edward White

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190634940

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190634940.001.0001

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Law and Politics

Law and Politics

The Journey to Bush v. Gore

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Law in American History, Volume III

G. Edward White

Oxford University Press

Bush v. Gore, when it was first decided, was widely criticized by commentators as an unjustifiable intervention by the Supreme Court into the Florida electoral process in the 2000 presidential election. Two decades later, the case seems much less significant, and arguably less controversial. The chapter traces the “journey” of the Supreme Court toward Bush v. Gore, which consisted of a combination of its abandoning the “political question” doctrine, which posited that the Court should avoid reviewing legislative decisions affecting the redistricting of voters in political elections, and the unique circumstances of the 2000 presidential election in Florida and Florida’s electoral processes.

Keywords:   Bush v. Gore, law and politics, political question doctrine, 2000 presidential election, legislative redistricting

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