In the 2000 presidential election, no one knew for days after voting who the President was going to be, which is incredibly rare. The electoral votes from Florida were won by George W. Bush giving him enough to win the election but the Al Gore campaign demanded a recount because thousands of ballots may have been incorrectly marked for a third party candidate since the lines on the ballot did not meet up correctly in a straight line. Several thousand other ballots were left with "hanging chads" (think like using a hole punch and it not punching the hole out entirely) on them that were marked for Gore but did not count because the ballot holes were not punched out entirely (smart states were using electronic voting at this time).
Florida decided to recount their votes but were halted because the Supreme Court intervened. The Supreme Court decided that because Florida was trying to use different methods to count ballots in different counties and because there was no way that they would be able to finish the recount by Florida's law of having it completed by December 12th they ruled to stop the recount. Stopping the recount meant that Bush won Florida's electoral votes and became President of the United States!
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Sep 10th, 2015
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