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www.infoplease.com/spot/closerace1.html Infoplease goes all the way back to the 1876 election to explain what happened the last time the U.S. Constitution overruled U.S. voters. As in last week’s presidential race, the voters elected the Democratic candidate only to see their government overturn their mandate through the electoral college, a little-noticed constitutional passage that allows the other side to occasionally act like a Third World dictator.

www.nara.gov/fedreg/elctcoll/ The Electoral What? For generations the electoral college served one purpose: It incited parents to call their child’s junior high school history teacher with remarks like: “How dare you teach little Johnny that the U.S. president isn’t elected democratically.” And until now, this page was only used by eighth-grade teachers to say “I told you so.”

jurist.law.pitt.edu/election2000.htm Ever notice how lawyers only write clearly in the fine print and in billing statements? Well, here’s one who breaks the mold, and he’s an expert on election law to boot. Tony Sutin, who has a really long title, concisely explains the legal ramifications and precedents of the turmoil in Florida in a simple question-and-answer format.

www.pixelspill.com A graphic design company has decided to give itself some free advertising via the Internet by designing a few alternative ballots. It concludes with the plea, “Next time let us design ’em.”

www.geocities.com/CapitolHill/3750/bush.htm Site name: Bush Watch. Slogan: Where every story is counted by hand. There are a lot of obsessed people on the Internet, and boy, can they put sites up fast. But don’t write this off as simple venting of hostility. It’s a unique collection of news stories and striking observations of Bush’s campaign rhetoric and postelection actions.

www.bushfiles.com Since he’s on the verge of winning the presidency even though he lost the popular election, you might as well catch up on George’s past life. The site was put together by The Texas Observer, an alternative periodical that has made a name for itself in solid investigative reporting.