United States presidential election in Indiana, 2000
|Elections in Indiana|
The 2000 United States presidential election in Indiana took place on November 7, 2000 throughout all 50 states and D.C., which was part of the 2000 United States presidential election. Voters chose 12 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for President and Vice President.
Indiana was won by Governor George W. Bush. He won a majority of the counties and congressional districts in the state. Gore only won two congressional districts and six counties. However, Gore won five of the six counties by very small margins. Lake County is Gore's best performance, winning with over 60%. Bush won the state pretty much because he dominated the rural areas. Bush won Vigo County with 49.7% of the vote, which is considered the most reliable bellwether county in the nation.
|United States presidential election in Indiana, 2000|
|Republican||George W. Bush||1,245,836||56.7%||12|
|Write In||Ralph Nader||18,531||0.8%||0|
|Write In||Howard Phillips||200||0.0%||0|
|Write In||John Hagelin||167||0.0%||0|
|Voter turnout (Voting age/registered)||49%/55%|
Technically the voters of Indiana cast their ballots for electors: representatives to the Electoral College. Indiana is allocated 12 electors because it has 10 congressional districts and 2 senators. All candidates who appear on the ballot or qualify to receive write-in votes must submit a list of 12 electors, who pledge to vote for their candidate and his or her running mate. Whoever wins the majority of votes in the state is awarded all 12 electoral votes. Their chosen electors then vote for President and Vice President. Although electors are pledged to their candidate and running mate, they are not obligated to vote for them. An elector who votes for someone other than his or her candidate is known as a faithless elector.
The electors of each state and the District of Columbia met on December 18, 2000 to cast their votes for President and Vice President. The Electoral College itself never meets as one body. Instead the electors from each state and the District of Columbia met in their respective capitols.
The following were the members of the Electoral College from the state. All were pledged to and voted for George W. Bush and Dick Cheney:
- Rodric D. Bray
- Roger A. Chiabai
- Beverly Gard
- Don Heckard
- Marla Irving
- Virginia Lee
- P.E. MacAllister
- Barbara L. McClellan
- Michael D. McDaniel
- Max Middendorf
- Michael Miner
- Virgil Scheidt