Flashback To Election 2000: Bush? Gore?

By: Joe Strupp

News organizations that co-sponsored a long-awaited review of uncounted Florida ballots cast in last year’s presidential election were to begin reporting the results today — nearly two months after they were first available.

A number of media outlets — including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The Washington Post — hired the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago in January for about $1 million to review nearly 180,000 ballots.

NORC’s work was completed in early September, but the release of its findings was delayed at the request of the news organizations following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
The consortium delayed the release of NORC’s finding because the terrorist attacks forced them to use virtually all of their resources for war-related coverage, but its members requested and received the results last week.

“We have been able to free up some resources to work on this and other projects,” said Times spokeswoman Kathy Park, who noted that her paper would report on the findings today.

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