It’s a solution that apparently made sense to Governor Bush in 1997 when he signed a law saying that a manual recounts “shall be conducted in preference to an electronic recount” when necessary. He understood then that manual recounts should be the final arbiter when a race is excruciatingly close and it’s clear that some ballots were misread by machines—which are faster, but not more accurate, than hand counts.

The governor seems to have changed his mind though and he rejected Gore’s proposal. Let’s hope he reconsiders. It’s the one fair way out that we can see.

Charlie Peters is the editor-in-chief of The Washington Monthly.

Charles Peters

Charles Peters is the founding editor of the Washington Monthly.