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Bush v. Gore Viewing Guide

Access our Homework Help video on the landmark Supreme Court case Bush v. Gore and use our viewing guide below to follow along!

Overview: The 2000 presidential election was incredibly close–so close, in fact, that the final results came down to a few thousand votes. During vote recounts, important constitutional questions were raised regarding equal protection that the Supreme Court needed to address.

  1. Who were the two major candidates in the 2000 presidential election?
  2. Describe the Electoral College in your own words.
  3. What state did the election come down to?
  4. Why did Florida have to recount its votes? How many votes separated the two candidates after the recount?
  5. What did the Florida Supreme Court rule concerning recounted votes?
  6. What constitutional argument did Bush make to the U.S. Supreme Court?
  7. What constitutional argument did Gore make to the U.S. Supreme Court?
  8. What is a Per curiam decision?
  9. How many decisions did the Supreme Court make?
  10. Describe the Supreme Court’s decisions in your own words.

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