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Gore Won Florida!

On November 27, Republican Secretary of State Katherine Harris officially certified George W. Bush as the "winner" in Florida by 537 votes.

Since that date, independent investigations by the media have revealed that many illegal votes were counted - while many legal votes were not.

If the votes in Florida had been counted by non-partisan election officials in compliance with the law, Gore would have won Florida.

Unfortunately, George W. Bush, his brother Governor Jeb Bush, Secretary of State Katherine Harris, a partisan Republican majority on the U.S. Supreme Court, and the Republican-owned media did everything in their power to prevent a fair and legal count of the votes.

In other words, these Republicans used their enormous power to steal the Presidency of the United States. Indeed, the untold story of Floridagate is as chilling as Watergate.

This is a crime against American democracy. Democrats.com demands a thorough investigation and the prosecution of all criminal actions.

And because he is ultimately responsible for the Theft of the Presidency, we call upon George W. Bush to resign.

Note: To read all of the coverage on Democrats.com of Election 2000 and related stories, click the following links:

1. Media Consortium Statewide Count of "Undervotes" and "Overvotes" Proves Gore Won Under ANY Standard

The Media Consortium hired the National Opinion Research Center to examine 175,010 ballots that were never counted in Florida. The investigation took 8 months and cost $900,000. No matter what standard for judging ballots is applied, Gore wins.

Gore Gain Gore Deficit
or Lead

Certified by Katherine Harris


Valid votes found after certification



Correctly marked paper ballots



Full punches



Poorly marked paper ballot



3-corner chads



2-corner chads



1-corner chads



Dimples with sunlight






Unfortunately, the members of the Media Consortium insisted on distorting the analysis of their own clear data (see "Spin Control" below).

2. Miami Herald Statewide Count of "Undervotes" and "Overvotes" Proves Gore Won by 662

Without counting a single hanging or dimpled chad, Gore won by 662, according to the Miami Herald. The votes below were crystal clear votes as determined by the Herald's accounting firm, BDO Seidman. Under Florida law, all of these ballots should have been counted by election officials on Election Day. Their failure to do so is Official Misconduct, not "Voter Error"!

Unfortunately, the Herald insists on distorting the analysis of its own clear data (see "Spin Control" below).

3. Other Media Counts Lead to the Same Conclusion

You can see the same data in greater detail here:

Date Event Gore Gain Gore Deficit
or Lead
11/27/00 Certified by Katherine Harris -537
12/8/00 Florida Supreme Court ruling +383 -154
12/18/00 Lake County (Orlando Sentinel) +130 - 24
12/19/00 Broward (Palm Beach Post) +164 +140
12/29/00 Hernando (Hernando Today) +4 +144
12/30/00 Hillsborough (Tampa Tribune) +120 +264
1/3/01 Gadsden (Democrats.com) +40 +304

Miami-Dade #1 (Palm Beach Post) - minus prior recount included in 12/8

1/20/01 Collier (Naples News) -226 -126
1/27/01 Palm Beach #1 (Palm Beach Post) +682 +556
1/28/01 15 County (Orlando Sentinel) -minus prior recounts in Lake and Gadsden +366
2/10/01 Orange (Orlando Sentinel) +203 +955
2/15/01 Seminole (Orlando Sentinel) +13 +968
2/26/01 Miami-Dade #2 (Miami Herald)
also: how the media twisted this recount into a "Gore lost" story
+49 +1,017
3/8/01 Osceola (Orlando Sentinel) +25 +1,042
3/10/01 Palm Beach #2 (Palm Beach Post) +102 +1,144
3/10/01 Martin, St. Lucie (Palm Beach Post) +92 +1,236
Total Gore Gain from Recounts +1,773

4. Overvote Analysis - Gore's True Margin of Victory

If every county in Florida - not just the Republican ones - had state-of-the-art voting machines that allowed voters to correct their mistakes, Al Gore would have won by 46,466.

Date Event Gore Gain Gore Deficit
or Lead
1/28/01 Analysis of overvotes in 8 counties by the Washington Post



1/28/01 Analysis of overvotes in 15 counties by the Orlando Sun-Sentinel



2/8/01 Gore-Libertarian overvotes in 16 counties by Orlando Sun-Sentinel



3/10/01 Analysis of overvotes in Palm Beach County by the Palm Beach Post (overlaps Washington Post analysis above)


5/11/01 Analysis of overvotes statewide by the Miami Herald (overlaps with all of the above)


5. Disputed Votes

There are several categories of votes that have been widely disputed. Unlike the votes above, these disputed votes could not have been resolved by county canvassing boards, either on election night or during the subsequent recounts.

It is impossible to quantify most of these categories, but we can try to give our best estimates.

Categories favoring Gore

  • Absentee ballots cast statewide by Republican voters following the illegal solicitation of absentee ballots by the Florida Republican Party: 50,000?
  • Absentee ballots that could not be read by voting machines, but were illegally "duplicated" by county election officials: 10,000 (60% Bush?)
  • Legal voters who were disenfranchised by Katherine Harris through the criminally inaccurate purge of "felons": 1,100 (90% Gore)
  • Absentee ballots cast in Seminole and Martin counties by Republican voters following the criminal alteration of defective ballot applications by Republican operatives: 5,000 (99% Bush)
  • Votes meant for Gore but cast for Buchanan because of the "butterfly ballot" in Palm Beach: 3,000 (100% Gore)
  • Voters who went to the polls but were unable to cast a vote because of language problems (and no translators) or physical disability: (70% Gore)
  • Registrations submitted from black colleges but not processed: (90% Gore)
  • Overseas military ballots that were not legal, but were counted because of massive pressure from the Bush campaign: 680 (71% Bush)
  • Police checkpoints near black precincts: 0

Categories favoring Bush

  • Illegal votes by felons: 5,600 (90% Gore?)
  • Premature network projections for Gore 10 minutes before polls closed in the Panhandle: 10 (60% Bush?)

6. Racial Discrimination

Florida voters were not treated equally. If you were black, your vote was significantly less likely to be counted. This was not because blacks were less experienced voters - this was due to institutional racism.

7. The Untold Story

A wide range of suspicious activities were reported by eyewitnesses and the news media. Many of these activities have still not been investigated.

8. Spin Control - Media Distortion of the Stolen Election

Each new revelation about the Stolen Election has been accompanied by articles that were deliberately distorted by editors and reporters to deny the reality that Gore Won Florida.

9. Republicans Would Never Accept a Gore Victory

10. The Republican Criminals Who Shut Down the Miami-Dade Recount

These are some of the thugs who staged a riot at the Miami canvassing board and shut down the recount. Most of these thugs are present or past employees of Congressional Republicans. The riot was led by Rep. John Sweeney of upstate NY. All of these thugs - and their Congressional bosses, led by Tom DeLay - should be prosecuted for criminally interfering with a federal election.

Miami Rioters with Names

2005 Update: (Al Kamen, Washington Post 1/24/05)

No. 1. Tom Pyle, who had worked for Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Tex.), went private sector a few months later, getting a job as director of federal affairs for Koch Industries.

No. 2. Garry Malphrus, a former staff director of the Senate Judiciary subcommittee on criminal justice, is now deputy director of the White House Domestic Policy Council.

No. 3. Rory Cooper, who was at the National Republican Congressional Committee, later worked at the White House Homeland Security Council and was seen last week working for the Presidential Inaugural Committee.

No. 6. Matt Schlapp, a former House aide and then a Bush campaign aide, has risen to be White House political director.

No. 7. Roger Morse, another House aide, moved on to the law and lobbying firm Preston Gates Ellis & Rouvelas Meeds. "I was also privileged to lead a team of Republicans to Florida to help in the recount fight," he told a legal trade magazine in a 2003 interview.

No. 8. Duane Gibson, an aide on the House Resources Committee, was a solo lobbyist and formerly with the Greenberg Traurig lobby operation. He is now with the Livingston Group as a consultant.

No. 9. Chuck Royal was and still is a legislative assistant to Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), a former House member.

No. 10. Layna McConkey Peltier, who had been a Senate and House aide and was at Steelman Health Strategies during the effort, is now at Capital Health Group.

(We couldn't find No. 4, Kevin Smith, a former GOP House aide who later worked with Voter.com, or No. 5, Steven Brophy, a former GOP Senate aide and then at consulting firm KPMG. If you know what they are doing these days, please e-mail shackelford@washpost.comso we can update our records.)

Sources say the "rioters" proudly note their participation on résumés and in interviews.

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