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The 12th Amendment The 12th Amendment states The electors shall meet in their respective states and vote by ballot for President and Vice President one of whom at least shall not be an inhabitant of the same state with themselves 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 of all persons voted for as President and of all persons voted for as Vice President and of the number of votes for each 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 And if the House of Representatives shall not choose a President whenever the right of choice shall devolve upon them before the fourth day of March next following then the Vice President shall act as President as in the case of the death or other constitutional disability of the President The person having the greatest number of votes as Vice President shall be
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