The Day Democracy Died

Barbara Santee


by Barbara Santee, Ph.D

I was the executive director of Oklahoma NARAL (National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League) from 1995 to 2005.  During that time, I attended several political trainings sponsored by NARAL in Washington, D.C.  One of those trainings took place about a month after the presidential election, but the election results had not been decided yet because of problems counting the votes correctly in Florida.  A recount was ordered, and it had been dragging on for days.   Finally, in Bush v. Gore, George Bush sued to have the counting stopped, which would automatically win the election for him since he was leading in the voting, but just barely.  If Gore won Florida, he would win its electoral votes and the election.  The presidency depended on the results coming out of the Florida election.  The Democrats were confident that if the recount were allowed to be completed…

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