Eighteen years ago, almost to the day, I stood in a car park in Florida watching election officials charged with recounting votes in the chaotic aftermath of the 2000 presidential race between George W Bush and Al Gore.
Taking Florida’s ‘sunshine’ law that demands election transparency to its extreme, the hapless officials sat at a row of picnic tables, sweat pouring down their faces as they squinted into magnifying glasses, trying to distinguish between hanging chads...
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