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The long road to the White House
Chads

When the courts ruled that manual recounts could go ahead, officials began the mammoth task of sifting through hundreds of thousands of ballots.

But arguments raged over what should be counted as a vote. If the tiny piece of paper - known as a chad - had not been fully punched out of the ballot, should it still be counted?

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 Glossary: Chad


Chad
 Introduction

CAMPAIGN
 Gore
 Bush

ELECTION DAY
 The vote
 Exit polls
 Results

LEGAL BATTLE
 The recount
 Chads
 Deadlines
 Protests
 Appeal

RESULTS
 Concession
 Bush triumph