|FLORIDA||25 Electoral Votes|
(Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Florida Secretary of State)
Florida has: 67 counties.
Largest counties: Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Hillsborough, Pinellas.
Largest cities: Jacksonville, Miami, Tampa, St. Petersburg, Orlando. (Miami-Ft. Lauderdale is the largest metropolitan area).
Secretary of State
All told about 6.1 million people cast ballots in Florida. According to the Florida Task Force report there were 179,855 blank or spoiled ballots; this includes uncertified results from 3 counties. The Miami Herald, in its post-election analysis, examined 176,087 uncounted ballots: 111,261 overvotes and 64,826 undervotes, while. USA Today examined 171,908 untabulated ballots: 111,261 overvotes and 60,647 undervotes. The Florida Ballots Project suggests a total of around 172,000. However, all these numbers depend on what is counted. For example in some of the larger counties there were "trays and trays" of absentee ballots where, for example, the signatures didn't match, that didn't get counted.
Turnout as a percentage of voting age population was 50.65%. (U.S. avg: 53.76%).
It took a 36-day post-election odyssey to finalize the outcome, but Gov. Bush officially won Florida by 537 votes. The election was decided as much in the courts as at the polls (Battle for Florida), and there will always be doubts in some people's minds about who won. Bush carried 51 counties and the federal absentee ballots, while Vice President Gore won in 16 counties. The Democrats' base in Florida is in the southeast (Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade), while Republicans fared well in rural counties. Thus in many ways the race came down to the I-4 corridor, which runs across central Florida from Tampa Bay through Orlando to Daytona Beach.
General Election Activity
State Primary held September 5, 2000
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2001 Eric M. Appleman/Democracy in Action.