Dimpled Chad Day is celebrated on January 4th, celebrating the events of the 2000 US election. This is a fascinating time, which is unlikely to be forgotten by those who caught the vote count and the hype around the situation. Chad is a small piece of paper that records the vote cast for a person running for election. But that day was not so easy…
Presidential elections were held on November 7, 2000. Al Gore and George W. Bush fought for the post. According to preliminary calculations, Gore was in the lead – he had 540 votes more than his opponent. However, there was a catch – the state of Florida did not publish the results. It turned out that they were invalid due to the wear and tear of the mechanical devices that punch holes in the forms.
Initially, the state announced Gore’s advantage, but the result was later annulled, saying Bush was in the lead. Votes had to be recounted manually. Of course, the Democrats disputed this result and demanded a second recount, but this statement was challenged in the Supreme Court. Thus Bush became President!
Did you know that:
- according to statistics, Donald Trump is the only presidential candidate that almost all Americans knew;
- Zachary Taylor popularized the term “first lady”;
- Theodore Roosevelt’s daughter was famous for her rebelliousness! She smoked cigarettes on the roof of the White House, incited the crowd and was distinguished by impudence;
- Harry Truman was very biased towards Dumbo the elephant, the symbol of the Republican Party. He once stated that he did not want to be photographed while sitting on an animal;
- Bill Clinton only sent 2 emails during his term;
- Barack Obama has crocodile attack insurance.
How to celebrate
Why not learn more about US Presidents on Dimpled Chad Day? It is interesting! Organize a party and create your own debate! Find out the date of the next elections and become a volunteer to take part in them.
When is Dimpled Chad Day celebrated in 2023?
Dimpled Chad Day is observed on January 4 each year.