Who Was the President-Elect When You Went to Bed?

Will we ever have a Presidential election to top the 2000 election? Even accountants got involved as members of the Florida firm of Johnson Lambert & Co. helped test the accuracy of machine vote counts.

The U.S. Supreme Court added its voice to the controversy over who will become the 43rd president of the United States by agreeing to hear arguments and then making its ruling.

The Court considered the issue of whether the Florida Supreme Court violated provisions of federal law and the U.S. Constitution by extending the certification deadline beyond the original deadline of November 14, seven days after the election.

Because the Florida Secretary of State certified Governor George W. Bush as the winner on both the original certification date and the extended date, the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court may have no effect on the outcome of the election results, other than to change the margin of votes by which Bush won the election.

Chief Justice William Rehnquist announced that no cameras will be allowed in the courtroom for the historic session. Public attendance and print media coverage were allowed. A written transcript was made available on the Supreme Court's Web site after the session ended.

In the end, if you can call it that, George W. Bush was handed the much contested reigns of the country, but many of the nation's dissatisfied voters feel there needs to be some modernization in the methods we use to cast and count votes.

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