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A History of Controversial US Elections

There have been several presidential elections in the past that needed more than a simple vote to decide.

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Presidential elections usually go smoothly once the votes are in, but sometimes they don’t.

In 1800, Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr got the same number of votes in the Electoral College. This tie forced the House of Representatives to choose the winner.

In 1860, Southern states wouldn’t accept Abraham Lincoln as their president. Eventually, these states left the Union and the Civil War was fought. To this day, 1860 remains the most extreme example of a crisis that occurs when a large group of people won’t to accept the winner of the presidential election.

In 1960, the presidential election between Republican Richard Nixon and Democrat John F. Kennedy was challenged by many Republicans who thought Kennedy had won because of election fraud. Kennedy was declared the winner, as Nixon admitted defeat.

The 2000 presidential election between Republican George W. Bush and Democrat Al Gore had a dispute with the vote count. The main problem was in Florida, a swing state, whose winner would decide the election.

The Gore campaign wanted to recount the votes, which the Bush campaign fought against. After Bush was finally declared Florida’s winner, Gore once again fought the results. The Supreme Court eventually had to rule. They stopped the count, and Bush was declared the winner.

Many Americans believe that a Supreme Court case may once again decide the winner of the presidential election. The 2020 election results have a lot of confusion, but America has faced this kind of situation before.

Jose Backer, General Assignment Reporter, is a graduate of St. Michael's College and is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Political Science. Born and raised in Southern California, he currently resides in the Pasadena area.

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