This Week In History: Wk 50 (12 December 2001)
Call For US Vote Recount Is Rejected
George W. Bush becomes US president after the Supreme Court rejects a call for a vote recount.
In 2001, the Supreme Court of the United States rejected a call for a recount of crucial votes in the state of Florida which determined the result of the US presidential election. Republican candidate George W. Bush was declared the winner by a few hundred votes and became U.S. president despite widespread doubts about the accuracy of the count.
recount (noun): the counting again of something (usually votes)
reject (verb): not accept; decline; refuse
crucial (adjective): very important; essential
Republican (noun): one of the two main political parties in the USA
candidate (noun): person hoping to be selected for a job or elected to a political position
accuracy (noun): the state of being correct or exact
Researched and written for EnglishClub by Matt Errey