Hanson(2001)

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Page 1 The 2000 Outcome: Blame Federalism The Washington Post December 1, 2001 Saturday The Washington Post December 1, 2001 Saturday Final Edition The 2000 Outcome: Blame Federalism BYLINE: John Mark Hansen SECTION: EDITORIAL; Pg. A25 LENGTH: 741 words The findings by a consortium of leading media organizations, including The Post, on the dis- puted ballots in Florida have brought a new round of debate on dimpled chads, butterfly ballots and the question of whether the U.S. Supreme Court handed the election to George W. Bush. The search for blame (by those who consider the election's outcome blameworthy) will no doubt go on for years. But it should not obscure the real source of Bush's victory: It is the institution of federalism, upon which the republic was founded. Federalism isn't fair, at least in terms of giving equal weight to every citizen's vote. Without the strong federalist bias of the electoral system, Florida's vote wouldn't have been decisive; Al Gore would have won without it. The 2000 presidential election produced the first electoral college anomaly in more than a cen- tury. Bush, of course, lost the popular vote by a margin of about 540,000 out of 101 million ballots cast, but he captured 271 electoral votes to Al Gore's 267. The possibility of an electoral college anomaly normally arises because the 51 separate presi-
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