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Court Rejects Fla. Electoral Suit

January 16, 2001

WASHINGTON (AP) _ The Supreme Court on Tuesday turned down another leftover appeal from the Florida presidential election controversy.

The court, without comment, rejected a Florida voter’s argument that the state should not be allowed to award all 25 of its electoral votes to the candidate declared the winner of the state’s popular vote.

Jon May, a Democrat living in Broward County, argued that giving all of the state’s electoral votes to one candidate violated the one-person, one vote principle.

A federal judge ruled against May last November. His appeal to the Supreme Court, filed last Nov. 21, asked the justices to block Florida from certifying its electors until courts could resolve the issue.

The Supreme Court ended the election controversy on Dec. 12, barring a Florida recount in a bitterly divided 5-4 ruling. Al Gore conceded the election to George W. Bush the next day.

Earlier this month the justices turned down three other appeals related to the presidential election.

The case acted on Tuesday is May v. Harris, 00-831.

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