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For anyone who lived through the Florida presidential-election recounts of 2000, just the words “Florida recounts” can conjure dizzying flashbacks of lawsuit blizzards, paid sideshow protesters, and hanging chad overload. As former George W. Bush aide Matthew Dowd, who was there for the Mother of All Recounts, quipped ruefully during an ABC interview on Nov. 10 on the latest iteration of Florida recounts, “PTSD. Thank you.” Election workers in Florida this week have been recounting ballots to ensure the validity of results for

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Revisiting the Florida recounts

By Lisa Van Dusen      

This week’s midterm-results recount is déjà vu for some observers of the state’s 2000 presidential-election recount. As one political aide who was there recounts: ‘PTSD. Thank you.’

News crews and protesters gather outside the Florida Supreme Court building in Tallahassee as ballots from the state are recounted in the 2000 presidential election. Photograph courtesy of Village Square
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