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The IRE Resource Center is a major research library containing more than 23,250 investigative stories — both print and broadcast.
These stories are searchable online or by contacting the Resource Center directly (573-882-3364 or firstname.lastname@example.org) where a researcher can help you pinpoint what you need.
Browse or search the tipsheet section of our library below. Stories are not available for download but can be easily ordered by contacting the Resource Center:
Search results for "Florida recount" ...
USA Today, The Miami Herald, and Knight Ridder newspapers commissioned the naional accounting firm BDO Seidman to conduct a comprehensive review of over 61,000 undervote ballots which were not counted in Florida's portion of the 2000 Presidential race. The results showed that George W. Bush would have won Florida in all circumstances except if a strict standard was applied.
The Miami Herald undertook a $900,000 project to recount the ballots cast in the 2000 federal election. The Herald reviewed "undervotes" cast in all 67 Florida counties. Later the Herald undertook a study of the "overvotes." "Taken together, these projects... illuminated a dark moment of American politics and fulfilled any newspaper's most central purpose: recognize and shoulder the responsibility to gather and publish crucial information, regardless of the cost in time, effort and resources," the Herald's letter to the IRE judges reads.
The failure of the punch cards in Florida has the voting machine industry ramped up to get a hold of any new voting machine business that may ride on the tails of the $3 billion subsidies under consideration by Congress. The Shoups, formerly the "first family of voting" and makers of the "U.S. Standard Voting Machine" are getting back into the business. Shoup senior is actually a convicted felon, and was fined and served a suspended sentence for offering to cast a better light on city commissioner Marge Tartaglione if she would give him the city's voting-machine repair business.
Tags: government relations; touch-screen technology; SVS; ATM; Automatic Voting Machine; local elections; vote- buying; vote tampering; election monitoring; SCARE; Florida recount; Bush; Gore; U.S. Standard Voting Machine; fraud; Ron Budd; Ransom Shoup II; election commissioner; Danaher 1242 c. 1982
"Voters in Florida's poorer counties were more than twice as likely as those in a more affluent ones to have their votes for president disregarded," according to a Tallahassee Democrat analysis of the 2000 election... The correlation between discarded ballots and income was stronger than the link between the type of balloting machine used and disregarded ballots. The fact that lower-income counties are likely to have more elderly and new minority voters may also predispose those counties to have more votes disregarded. More first-time and inexperienced minority voters may have gone to the polls after a statewide get-out-the-vote campaign initiated by the state Democratic party and labor and civil rights groups. In counties using optical-scanner ballots, presidential votes were not counted 3.4 percent of the time, compared to 4.7 for those counties using punch-card ballots. However, counties using punch-card balloting had higher average incomes than those using optical-scanner balloting: $24, 849 for punch cars and $21, 464 for optical scanners."
The Democrat reports that George W. Bush "nearly doubled Al Gore's money-raising during the first three weeks of Gore's legal challenge of Florida's election." Bush also raised more money than Gore in Florida, despite the state's razor-thin margin among voters. "Not only did Bush get more money, his contributions seemed to reflect a broader appeal. Almost 22,000 contributors donated an average of $216, compared with Gore's 1,258 contributors who donated an average of $1,265." Federal law does not require recount committees to report contributions, but both campaigns posted their reports on their Web sites.
Goodell recounts the events that led up to the shooting of middle school teacher Barry Grunow by 13-year-old student Nathaniel Brazill on May 26, 2000; Brazill reentered his school after being suspended in order to see a female classmate; the article examines Brazill's family history of abuse and other factors that may have contributed to the shooting
New Times (Miami) recounts the struggle of a husband and wife in fighting charges of sexual abuse of their daughter, who has since admitted to lying about the abuse; the state of Florida allows no contact between the parents and their six children, Sept. 11 and 18, 1991.