Swampyville's - "537" - Will we see a Repeat?
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Swampyville's - Reading Between the Lines!

"537" - Will we see a repeat of the Presidential Election of 2000?

On election night, news networks first called Florida for Al Gore, later

retracted the projection, and then called Florida for George W. Bush,

before finally retracting that projection as well. Florida's Republican

Secretary of State, Katherine Harris, eventually certified Florida's

vote count. This led to the Florida election recount, a move to

further examine the Florida results.

The Florida recount was stopped a few weeks later by the U.S. Supreme

Court. In the ruling, Bush v. Gore, the Justices held that the Florida

recount was unconstitutional and that no constitutionally valid recount

could be completed by the December 12 deadline, effectively ending the

recounts. This 7–2 vote ruled that the standards the Florida Supreme

Court provided for a recount were unconstitutional due to violations

of the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, and further

ruled 5–4 that no constitutionally valid recount could be completed by

the December 12 deadline. This case ordered an end to recounting underway

in selected Florida counties, effectively giving George W. Bush a "537"

vote victory in Florida and consequently Florida's 25 electoral votes and

the presidency. The results of the decision led to Gore winning the

popular vote by approximately 500,000 votes nationwide, but receiving

266 electoral votes to Bush's 271. (Wikipedia)

THE 2000 PRESIDENTIAL RACE!

The mail volume that night three weeks before the Presidential

Election of 2000 was extremely heavy. As a rehab with a permanent

injury while a mail carrier, I was assigned as a distribution clerk

casing mail in the rehab section of the General Mail Center in

Jacksonville, Florida. This section was charge with placing mail

that was either too large or could not be processed through the

automated machines into mail cases. Once these cases were pulled

down the mail was placed in trays, placed in rolling bins and

sent to the various post offices in the North Florida and Southern

Georgia areas. Other sections of the GMC would case the mail

going to other parts of Florida and throughout the Nation.

One night while casing mail, I came across a large envelope that

didn't have a cancellation stamp, no date, no postage and no return

address. I thought to myself this isn't right, knowing that it was

probably a military absentee ballot probably coming from overseas.

I weigh the envelope attached the proper postage from my own stamp

book, cancelled and dated it and on the front I wrote my work site,

telephone number and initialed it and put it in the proper tray. In

the next few weeks I did this on several envelopes. From this moment

up until the expiration date that absentee ballots would be counted

I made a concerted effort to process mainly absentee ballots

(several thousands). Every night I would go through the bins of mail

to be cased, remove them and take them to my case and insure that they

would be directed to the right post office. I went to most of the

employees on my tour (6 PM until 2:30 AM when most of the mail was

processed) and ask them to lay aside the absentee ballots they handled

and I would come by and pick them up.

A BRUSH WITH HISTORY? (COULD HAVE, PERHAPS SHOULD HAVE, BUT I HAVE

PEACE OF MIND THAT I DIDN'T)!

The day after the election of 2000, when it became apparent

that the presidential election would be decided by Florida's

absentee ballots I increased my efforts. One night sitting

at my case with several trays of absentee ballots, I thought

to myself that I had history sitting right there at my feet.

That if I was that type, which I'm glad I'm not, I could very

well change the outcome of history by making these absentee

ballots disappear. Knowing at that time that most of these

ballots were coming from military bases outside of Florida and

that most of the Military voted Republican.

I really was shocked when I realized that Bush was elected by

"537" Florida votes! Of course, those absentee ballots that I

handled could have been mostly Democratic, but I doubt it!

In that Florida allows write in votes and being disillusioned by

both parties, I personally voted for Micky Mouse after I had made

up my mind to never vote for the lesser of two evils again!

AFTER VOTING FOR GEORGE H.W., I CAME TO THE CONCLUSION THAT THE

ONLY "CHANGE" WE WOULD SEE IN CURRENT POLITICS ARE THE NAMES!

MINE IS TO REASON RHYME, MINE IS NOT TO DO AND WHINE!

"FALSUS IN UNO, FALSUS IN OMNIBUS"

(False in one thing, false in everything)

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