What Are Some Facts About the Florida Election Recount in 2000?

The Florida Supreme Court ordered a limited statewide recount of the votes in the 2000 presidential election, but that decision was reversed by the U.S. Supreme Court. Studies have determined that if a broad recount of all disputed Florida ballots occurred, Vice President Al Gore would have won the presidency by between 42 to 171 votes. Gore never asked the U.S. Supreme Court for this broader recount.

The Associated Press initially declared Vice President Al Gore the winner in Florida at 7:50 p.m. on Nov. 7, 2000. A little over two hours later, the AP and other networks retracted that projection and started calling Florida for George W. Bush. The morning of Nov. 9, 2000 saw Gore leading by fewer than 200 votes in the nationwide vote counting and was ahead by 14 electoral votes, but neither candidate had enough electoral votes to win.

On Nov. 15, 2000, Al Gore proposed to George Bush that they agree to a statewide manual recount of the Florida presidential ballots. Bush refused Gore’s suggestion. Gore also asked Bush for a one-on-one meeting to discuss a resolution to the Florida voting controversy, which Bush also rejected.

On Dec. 12, 2000, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the manual recount ordered by the Florida Supreme Court suffered from constitutional deficiencies and prohibited it from moving forward. The next day Vice President Gore addressed a nationwide audience and accepted George Bush as the 43rd president of the United States.