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Is the 2012 election going to wind up in the Supreme Court?

Asked by jerv (28717 points ) September 23rd, 2012

Between the new laws in various places that seem to hurt Democratic voters far more than Republican voters and the latest allegations from Colorado about a girl acting on behalf of the county clerk in an official government capacity was registering only Romney supporters, do you think that this election will be even more contentious (and possibly litigious) than Bush v Gore in 2000?

Let us not debate whether the voter suppression actually happens, or the truth of any allegations; this question is merely about whether or not there is enough of an appearance of it to lead to legal challenges that will result in this election being decided in the courtroom rather than the election booth.

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anartist's avatar

No. The nation learned from Bush/Gore.
This may be stinky but no. Neither candidate would stoop so low as the Bushes did.
That was the nadir of the American political process.
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augustlan's avatar

If Romney wins by a small enough margin, I imagine it will end up in the courts. If Obama wins, then it seems unlikely.

wonderingwhy's avatar

I don’t think the election will end up in court. But if things are close enough over all, and perhaps even in very close balloting locally, it would’t surprise me to see multiple court cases come up challenging the new laws and claiming all sorts of thing from fraud to suppression to discrimination. The outcomes of which could certainly set the stage for the next election.

dabbler's avatar

@augustlan Seems to me it could end up in court if the margin is small in either direction.
I would hope it will not go to court if Obama wins by a small margin but the handlers on the other side are the same folks who put the 2000 travesty over on us.

Sunny2's avatar

Don’t underestimate the depths to which any politician or political group will go. It’s unfathomable. Having succeeded once in getting the vote decided by the court, why not try it again?

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