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The U.S. Supreme Court and the Election

NPR's Nina Totenberg reports on today's oral arguments before the Supreme Court on the presidential election. Most of the questions raised by the justices seemed aimed at understanding what role, if any, they play in reviewing the Florida State Supreme Court's decisions. Attorneys for George W. Bush argued that the Florida court decision extending the deadline for counties to report vote tallies was unconstitutional. Al Gore's lawyers said the state supreme court is the final interpreter of state election law and the U.S. Supreme Court should defer to the Florida justices.

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