We don’t talk a lot about the 12th Amendment at the National Constitution Center, but this week marks a milestone that is an important part of the Constitution: It allows Congress to settle disputed presidential elections.
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Today we celebrate the anniversary of the 12th Amendment (ratified June 15, 1804). Here’s what you need to know.
As part of our 27 Amendments (In 27 Days) project, we look at the important 12th Amendment, which settled that ugly mess between Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr in 1800 and made clear the Vice President’s eligibility requirements.
It was 190 years ago this week that a constitutional crisis was averted when the relatively new 12th Amendment to the Constitution settled the last presidential election decided in the House of Representatives.
After the disputed election of 1800, this amendment required separate designation of presidential and vice presidential candidates. The 12th Amendment also specifies how the president and vice president are to be selected should neither candidate obtain the votes of a majority of the electors.