December 18, 2004
Pertinent Constitutional Provisions for Selection of President: The Stage is Set for January 6th
The pertinent Constitutional provisions for selection of President:
The Electors shall meet in their respective states and vote by ballot for President and Vice-President .... ; they shall name in their ballots the person voted for as President, and in distinct ballots the person voted for as Vice-President, and they shall make distinct lists .... which lists they shall sign and certify, and transmit sealed to the seat of the government of the United States, directed to the President of the Senate; -- the President of the Senate shall, in the presence of the Senate and House of Representatives, open all the certificates and the votes shall then be counted; -- The person having the greatest number of votes for President, shall be the President, if such number be a majority of the whole number of Electors appointed; and if no person have such majority, then from the persons having the highest numbers not exceeding three on the list of those voted for as President, the House of Representatives shall choose immediately, by ballot, the President. But in choosing the President, the votes shall be taken by states, the representation from each state having one vote; a quorum for this purpose shall consist of a member or members from two-thirds of the states, and a majority of all the states shall be necessary to a choice. .....
Amendment XX. Section 3.
.... If a President shall not have been chosen before the time fixed for the beginning of his term, .... , then the Vice President elect shall act as President until a President shall have qualified .....