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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly: Lawsuit over what happens to ballot scans in Florida goes to appeals court


Several times in American history, presidents have taken office with their legitimacy hanging by a thread. Rutherford B. Hayes, for example, quite decisively lost the popular vote in 1876. He claimed the White House following a series of dubious and disputed recounts, after a special congressional committee voted along party lines to install “Rutherfraud.” George W. Bush, another popular-vote loser, won the Electoral College in 2000 thanks to a 537-vote squeaker in Florida, where his brother was governor. This election was a debacle of hanging chads, butterfly ballots and a deeply questionable purge of the state’s voter rolls. Eventually, the Supreme Court squelched the recount and handed the White House to W. And now, as another sure-to-be-close presidential race looms, eight Florida elections supervisors have gone …
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