The election in Novemeber 2000 between George W. Bush and Al Gore was really close. The winning candidate depended on the Florida electoral votes. The Florida election officials were just about to confirm Bush as the winner, but there were mistakes when counting the ballots. Al Gore and the Florida Supreme Court ordered a recount. Bush petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to stop the re-count because of lack of standards.
ARGUMENTS FOR PETITIONER
The issue was, Did the lack of standards for a manual recount of voters´ ballots violate the "Equal Protection" Clause and due process rights of the Fourteenth Amendment?
ARGUMENTS FOR RESPONDENT
Bush argued that the recountsviolated his right to the Equal Protection Clause of the Fifteenth Amendment. This is becauseFlorida didnto have the recount standard.
Gore argued that there was a state wide standard was enough under the Equal Protection Clause. Gore thought that each state would need to have a method of counting votes to be constitutional is Bush won.