The election continues to be controversial. Recently, the
National Association For The Advancement Of Colored People
(NAACP) and four other civil rights groups filed suits against
the state of Florida and five counties of Florida. The civil
rights groups claimed that thousands of voter names had been
wrongfully dropped from the voter rolls in the 2000 election.
Most of those people dropped were minorities.
In Florida, Bush beat Gore by just 537 votes. Those wrongfully
dropped votes could have cost Gore the election, since most
of the minorities who were dropped from the voter rolls were
said to be in favor of the Democratic Party and, therefore,
Voting systems have been questioned and changed since the
2000 election, but civil rights groups donít think the state
will do enough to protect voters in upcoming elections. Florida
already has new legislative boundary lines for compliance
with the Voting Rights Act, which states that redistricting
plans must protect the voting power of minorities. However,
this act is still under review by Bushís Justice Department.
What the civil rights groups were hoping to gain from the
lawsuit is a change in how states and counties drop voters,
how they process voter registration applications and address
changes, and how precinct equipment and staffing are assigned.
A recent settlement reached on July 2, means hundreds of
names could be restored to Floridaís voter roles, which will
correct the errors in the central voter files. This deal is
pending approval by U.S. District Judge Alan Gold, who has
been presiding over the trial. Also, the company that compiles
the list of felons and dead people who are to be removed from
voter roles will be required to use stricter identification
criteria, including a match of first and last name, Social
Security number, race, gender, and date of birth. While the
2000 election was indeed controversial and perhaps even unfair,
this is a positive result. Many changes are being made to
protect the rights of voters so that in the future, no citizenís
vote will be uncounted.