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In the United States presidential election of November 2000, approximately 180,000 ballots in Florida’s 67 counties were uncertified because they failed to register a "valid" vote for President. These ballots included those in which no vote was recorded (undervotes) and those in which people voted for more than one candidate (overvotes). The 2000 Florida Ballots Project examined the undervotes and overvotes.
The goal of the project was not to declare a "winner," but rather to carefully examine the ballots to assess the relative reliability of the three major types of ballot systems used in Florida. The results of this assessment may help state legislatures, other decision-makers, and developers of ballot systems to work toward more reliable ballot systems in the future. The data archive containing the results of the work are now available to the public via this website.
Project Mission Statement
The intent of the 2000 Florida Ballots Project was different from other Florida-vote-counting efforts in several crucial respects:
Every voting system yields slightly different results with each pass through the ballots. The 2000 Florida Ballots Project used the extent of this variation to assess the relative reliability of the different systems used in Florida. The results of the assessment may help state and local governments improve their ability to assess the will of the voters, through selecting systems that count ballots with a high degree of reliability.