The nation could see a repeat of the 2000 Florida recount saga that left the next president unknown for 36 days, and with disputed vote counts in multiple states, says a former Federal Elections Commission chairman.
Lee Goodman, who headed the FEC in calendar year 2014 and was on the elections body for a bit over four years, says the record number of mail-in ballots expected in this presidential election cycle ups the chances that lawsuits will be filed in several states.
Twenty years ago, only one state was in dispute. The Florida vote was ultimately settled in favor of Texas Gov. George W. Bush, the Republican nominee, over his Democratic rival, Vice President Al Gore. Bush was up by 537 votes out of nearly 6 million cast when the Supreme Court, in Bush. vs. Gore, stopped a recount that had been initiated upon a ruling by the Florida Supreme Court.
Bush’s win in Florida gave him a majority of the votes in the Electoral College and the victory in the presidential election.