This Week in History
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.
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
Test your understanding:
The call for a recount of votes in Florida was made in order to ensure that
The decision of the Supreme Court of the United States ensured that
Which of the following is absolutely essential in a true democracy?