On November 7, 2000, the nation went to the polls to elect its next president. Governor Jeb Bush's brother, Texas Governor George W. Bush, ran as the Republican candidate, Vice President Al Gore ran under the Democratic ticket, and activist Ralph Nader for the Green party. By late evening, the outcome of the presidential vote in Florida made the election too close to call. Over the next month, lawyers for all parties involved wrangled in state and federal courts over alleged improprieties, including conflicts of interest and the widely-used "butterfly" ballots with their infamous chads. On December 12, 2000, after several recount attempts, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision halting further recounts. George Bush was declared the winner with 537 more votes in Florida than Gore.
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Accompanying note: "Lower left shows Rep. Gustavo Barriero, R-Miami, as he converses with Rep. Dudley Goodlette, R-Naples."
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U.S. Senator Bob Graham of Florida, his wife Adele and grandchildren with Vice-president Al Gore.
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At the far left is state Representative Curtis Richardson. Congresswomen Corrine Brown is in red behind Jackson. At the right in the light suit is state Representative Al Lawson.
November 28, 2000.
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The satellite trucks are parked on Adams street between Saint Augustine and Madison streets.
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The march is shown moving east on Madison street between Bronough and Duval.
December 6, 2000.
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T-shirt reads, "It's not your vote that counts... It's how your vote is counted!"
November 30, 2000.
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Included in the photograph are Steve Zack, Mark Steinberg, Mitchell W. Berger, David Boies and W. Dexter Douglass.
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Harris, the last elected Florida Secretary of State, became a polarizing national figure overnight amid criticisms and high praise during the 2000 election crisis. Not only was she responsible for the state's elections as State Secretary, she also served as co-chairperson of George W. Bush's Florida campaign. The Florida-native played a decisive role in the conclusion of the election debate. She later served as a US Representative, and ran for the US Senate in 2006.