August 22th – Question

“Hanging chads” were part of a lawsuit in the 2000 presidential election. What did the term refer to? 

  1. An election official charged with fraud who felt he was being “hung out to dry.” 
  2. Incomplete hole-punches in paper ballots. 
  3. An electronic voting machine that had tabulation problems. 
  4. A straw poll on the election held among school children. 
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Answer – 2. Hanging chads were partly responsible for the unusually high proportion of invalid votes recorded in Florida during the 2000 U.S. presidential election. As chads weren’t completely punched through, many ballot papers recorded people voting for fewer than the minimum number of candidates required.  

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