[Although] we may never know with complete certainty the winner of this year’s Presidential election, the identity of the loser is perfectly clear.  It is the Nation’s confidence in the judge as an impartial guardian of the rule of law.

~Justice Stevens dissenting in Bush v. Gore (US Supreme Court, 2000)

Reading this case with a basic understanding of Constitutional Law is very disturbing.  The court uses the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment to deem that the right to have votes counted in an procedurally equal way outweighs the right to have votes counted according to the intent of the voter.  While they deem this right a “fundemental” right, they don’t even use the proper test when considering the violation of fundemental rights under the Equal Protection Clause.  This limits the decision to only this one case.  To make it even worse, the court waited until the very day that a recount had to be finished before it gave it’s opinion.  This allowed Florida no chance to comply with the EP Clause standard created by the court.  Justice Stevens hit the nail on the head!