The 2000 presidential election between Democratic candidate Al Gore and Republican George W. Bush was a tight race. It became clear that whoever won Florida would have the 270 electoral votes needed to win. Only a few hundred votes separated the two.
The state supreme court said that each ballot that showed a “clear indication of the intent of the voter” should be counted. The court ordered a recount, where all votes were to be counted again. Lawyers for Bush appealed the case to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court ordered the recount to stop As a result, Bush won Florida by 537 votes. Winning Florida gave him enough electoral votes to win. Bush with 271 electoral votes to Gore’s 266. George W. Bush became the 43rd president of the United States.
The 14th amendment is the Equal protection Clause.
The ruling raised issues about the fairness of American elections and the powers of the Supreme Court. Many thought that the Court had overstepped its authority by making a political decision beyond its jurisdiction. And Bush becomes president