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Election 2000 What Went Wrong and Whats Being Done About it The United States is the backbone of the technology age We are responsible for the first use of weapons of mass destruction We are the worlds greatest economic powerhouse All this and yet we were counting presidential ballots by hand Bush was sure he had won the presidential election He knew he had captivated a larger audience No wonder as Gore like his father before him couldnt even collect his home state Although just as the election ended he found out how close it really was Duffy 1 Albeit Bush won he is still not considered to be the legitimate president in many quarters of the country Electoral 1 Many of the problems in the presidential election of 2000 were caused by outdated voting machines but elections to come will definitely be different Thousands of votes in Palm Beach didnt register in the punch-card reading machine according to Michael Duffy 12 This could be due to the approximate 600000 outdated punch-card and mechanical-lever voting machines across the country Drinkard 1 Even though old voting contraptions cause problems Noah Adams 2 reports that a lot of the election confusion was caused by the television networks calling winners in states before the polls even closed Some say that the problem lies in the actual election process A new proposed bill would elect the president based on the popular vote Electoral 2 although this is one of over 300 proposed bills in 40 states to update voting proceduresequipment Adams 1 Another possibility would be a national uniform poll closing time that according to States News Service 3 would eliminate erroneous projections by the media The measure would set 9 pm EST as the nationwide closing time Jim Drinkard 5 reports that officials in Georgia believe that the problem lies in outdated equipment so they want to use a new technology in which voters make their decision
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