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27 Sep 2005 08:48 PDT
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"Under the U.S. Constitution, the members of the U.S. Electoral
College originally voted only for office of President rather than for
both President and Vice-President. The person receiving the greatest
number of votes (provided that such a number was a majority of
electors) would be President, while the individual who was in second
place became Vice President. If no one received a majority of votes,
then the U.S. House of Representatives would choose between the five
highest vote-getters, with each state getting one vote. In such a
case, the person who received the highest number of votes but was not
chosen President would become Vice President. If there was ever a tie
for second, then the U.S. Senate would choose the Vice President.
The original plan, however, did not forsee the development of
political parties. In 1796, for instance, Federalist John Adams came
in first, and Democratic-Republican Thomas Jefferson came second.
Thus, the President and Vice President were from different parties."