LAW REVIEW: The chad question |

LAW REVIEW: The chad question

Chad [from Scots] – small pieces of paper or cardboard produced in punching paper tape or data cards, as in ballots; came into popular use following 2000 Presidential non-election; also: a piece of chad, – chadless;Also see: a dimple, a slight perforation in a chad, indicating a half-hearted vote or vote for a lukewarm candidate, especially prevalent in 2000 election;Also see: A pregnant chad: a bulging chad, not fully separated from the mother ballot, signs of a voter who feels obligated to vote, but has misgivings – to count or not to count – that is the question;Also see: A swinging chad: goes both ways.Also see: A two-pointer chad: clear punch of a ballot but chad hanging by two threads; difficult to call, deserves resolution by lawsuits and pontificating lawyers.Also see: A one-legged chad: where chad hangs by a single thread, begging to be counted, deserves hand recount, shows intent to vote for candidate, unless incorrect chad is punched (see Buchanan);Chad-less: no vote; indicates dissatisfied voter, called “disenfranchised” by politicians, a violation of civil rights deserving of protracted litigation in federal courts;Also see: Chad & Jeremy, ’60s singing duo.Things have gotten a little sticky down in Florida. Here is the solution (proposed at press deadline on Nov. 21, 2000):Let’s put the future of our country, the outcome of the election, in the hands of those who didn’t get it right the first time. Let all of those who think they voted for the wrong candidate and all of those who voted for two presidential candidates (double chadders) – decide who will be our next President.Our best and brightest.Pending the outcome of the re-vote, expected to take up to one year, President Bill will continue to lead the country, presumably with a new first lady, Hillary leaving for New York.I would be interested in hearing your comments on this topic, and ideas for resolution and suggestions for a first lady to replace Hillary. Please resist the temptation to suggest that lawyers be brought in to solve the Florida dilemma.– — –Porter Prediction: If the hand-counted ballots put Gore on top, and word leaks out (which it will), the Florida Supreme Court will find a way to consider the hand count. Federal courts will not intervene. Gore will be declared the winner. Then the fun begins.Jim Porter is an attorney with Porter-Simon, with offices in Truckee and Reno. He is a mediator and was the Governor’s appointee to the Bipartisan McPherson Commission and the California Fair Political Practices Commission. He may be reached at or at the firms web site

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