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US Commission on Civil Rights charges "voter disenfranchisement... at heart" of Bush victory in Florida
By Jerry White
10 March 2001
The US Commission on Civil Rights issued a preliminary report Friday that provided damning evidence of the systematic and intentional disenfranchisement of voters by Florida officials during the 2000 presidential election. The commission presented facts that lead inexorably to the conclusion that the state administration, headed by President Bush's brother, Governor Jeb Bush, made decisions on and before election day all but assuring that a high percentage of likely Democratic voters would either be blocked from voting, or prevented from having their votes counted.
Summing up the evidence collected to date by the commission, Chairwoman Mary Frances Berry said,