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From the Blog: The Election of 1800, the Peaceful Transfer of Political Power and the 12th Amendment

Fri, 17 Feb 2017

The presidential election of 1800 was a pivotal moment for the nascent government under the federal Constitution of 1787. The election was a divisive one, revealing a fractured polity, divided between Federalists and Democratic-Republicans. The election also revealed fundamental flaws in the electoral college system, when the election ended in an unexpected tie and was followed by a weeks-long deadlock in the House of Representatives until a president and vice president were finally selected. To fix the electoral college flaw, Congress passed and the states ratified the Twelfth Amendment to the United States Constitution. And, while the election revealed a ...

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