From Our Archive
This story was published before Summer 2021, when we launched our new digital experience.

Hanging Chads: The Aftermath

Years after the presidential election debacle of 2000, when Florida’s dimpled/hanging/pregnant chads and other electoral adventures kept the world on edge for 35 days before George W. Bush was declared the winner, we still can’t get our act together.

The chad-intensive punch cards are long gone, replaced by a variety of somewhat functional electronic voting systems (touchscreen machines, optical-scan voting). But recently, we’ve had ballots so complex—11 proposed state constitutional amendments to mull over in 2012!—that voters needed 40 minutes to figure them out, earning us the superlative of the state with the worst voting wait time. We’ve had laws and rules imposed (and challenged) making it harder to register, to vote early, to vote by absentee ballot, to get voting rights restored and—we are not making this up—to use bathrooms at polling places. And this summer a judge ruled that Florida legislators so blatantly gerrymandered some congressional districts that they had to take another crack at it—less than a month before the primaries.

Newsletter

Let’s Keep in Touch

Subscribe to our newsletter

Come On In

U.S. issued American Express Platinum Card® and Centurion® Members, enter the first six digits of your card number to access your complimentary subscription.

Learn about membership.