Bush v. Gore Doubts: Retired Justice Says Supreme Court Likely ‘Added to the Problem’

By Zack
April 30, 2013 10:48 am Last Updated: July 18, 2015 5:20 pm

Bush v. Gore doubts: Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Conner said that the Supreme Court may have made the wrong decision in the controversial 2000 presidential election re-count.

“Maybe the court should have said, ‘We’re not going to take it, goodbye,'” O’Conner told the Chicago Tribune’s editorial board late last week.

“Obviously the court did reach a decision and thought it had to reach a decision,” she said. “It turned out the election authorities in Florida hadn’t done a real good job there and kind of messed it up. And probably the Supreme Court added to the problem at the end of the day.”

The controversy in 2000 came from a re-count ordered for the state of Florida, which ended in George W. Bush winning Florida’s 25 electoral votes, and therefore the election. 

O’Conner was effectively the swing vote in the Supreme Court decision, which put the vote at 5-4. W. Bush then won over former Vice President Al Gore. 

O’ Conner was the first woman to serve on the high court, after being appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1981.