“There is a simple reason that Florida law and the law in many other states calls for a careful check by real people of the machine results in elections like this one. The reason? Machines can sometimes misread or fail to detect the way ballots are cast. And when there are serious doubts checking the machine count with a careful hand count is accepted far and wide as the best way to know the true intentions of the voters.” – Al Gore, Jr.
An important press conference held by Al Gore, Jr. during the disputed 2000 presidential election is being ignored by the media and the Democratic Party. During the short speech, the former Vice President affirmed the importance in “how we honor our Constitution and make sure that our democracy works as our Founders intended it to work.”
Gore also acknowledged framer’s system of “self-rule”, which is a pivotal and fundamental part of America: the concept of “limited government,” where elected officials hold their titles only through the “consent of the governed”. “Consent of the governed” is the “principle that government depended on the consent of the governed and that any government not based on that consent could be justifiably overthrown and replaced.”
Al Gore discussed the value of recounting by hand machine voting in disputed areas, stating that “machines can sometimes misread or fail to detect the way ballots are cast.” It is amazing to see Al Gore’s speech and compare it to the media-coordinated attacks on the President (and his allies) for asking for recounts.
Watch Al Gore’s 2000 speech:
This has been an extraordinary eight days for the American people. And I wanted to speak with you briefly about how how I believe we should conclude this election. The campaign is over but a test of our democracy is now underway. That is the test we must pass. And it is the test we will pass with flying colors.
All we need is a common agreement that what is that stake here is not who wins and who loses in a contest for the presidency, but how we honor our Constitution and make sure that our democracy works as our Founders intended it to work. This is the time to respect every voter. And every vote. This is a time to honor the true will of the people. So our goal must be what is right for America.
There is a simple that reason Florida law and the law and many other states calls for a careful check by real people of the machine results in elections like this one. The reason? Machines can sometimes misread or fail to detect the way ballots are cast. And when there are serious doubts checking the machine count with a careful hand count is accepted far and wide as the best way to know the true intentions of the voters. That is why there have already been partial or complete hand counts not just in two Democratic counties in Florida. But in six Republican counties as well.
We need a resolution that is fair and final. We need to move expeditiously. To the most complete and accurate count that is possible and that is why I propose this evening a way to settle this matter with finality and justice in a period of days not weeks. First we should complete hand counts already begun in Palm Beach County, Dade County and Broward County: To determine the true intentions of the voters. Based on an objective evaluation of their ballots. Observers and for to suppose from both parties should be present in every counting room as required under Florida law.
The results of this recount would of course be added to the present certified vote total and the overseas absentee vote total. If this happens. I will abide by the result. I will take no legal action to challenge the result and I will not support any legal action to challenge the result. I am also prepared – If Governor Bush prefers to include in this recount all the counties in the entire state of Florida. I would also be willing to abide by that result and agree not to take any legal action to challenge that result.
If there are no further interruptions to the process we believe the count can be completed within seven days of the time it starts.
Now Second. I propose that Governor Bush and I meet personally one on one. As soon as possible before the vote count is finished not to negotiate. But to improve the tone of our dialogue in America. We should both call on all of our supporters to respect the outcome of the selection, whatever it may be. We should both call on all our supporters to prepare themselves to close ranks as Americans and unite the country behind the winner as soon as this process is completed shortly after the results are known. We should both come together for another meeting to reaffirm our national unity.
If I turn out to be successful I’ll be ready to travel to Governor Bush’s home. If I am not I’ll be ready to meet him wherever he wishes. I would also like to urge all of those speaking for either of us to do their part to lift up this discourse. To refrain from using inflammatory language and to avoid statements that could make it harder for our country to come together once the counting is over. That is the direction I have given to my own campaign.
I don’t know what the final results will show. But I do know this is of help much more than what happens to me or my opponent. It is about our democracy. My faith is in the people’s will. In our constitution. And in our system of self-government. Thank you. God bless you and God bless America.
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