Fla. Recount Participants Hold 10-year Reunion

Published November 9, 2010

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Memories of hanging, dimpled and pregnant chads are being revived in Florida 10 years after helping make George W. Bush president.

Chads, those little fragments voters punched out of paper cards — or left hanging, dimpled or pregnant — are the enduring symbols of Florida's 2000 presidential election recount.

They're just one part, though, of the historic recount being recalled by judges, lawyers and other participants at a reunion Tuesday in Tallahassee.

After more than five weeks, the U.S. Supreme Court ended it before all votes were recounted and Bush only 537 votes ahead of Democrat Al Gore. That gave the Republican Florida's 25 electoral votes and the presidency.

The punch cards — and their chads — have since been banned in Florida.

Written by Associated Press

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