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The Constitution and the 1824 Presidential Election Processes In all my readings on the Electoral College and the Constitution I have found that there are several differences between what the Constitutions meant when the election process was defined and how the 1824 election interpreted them to mean The Constitution has systematic instructions for the election of our President and what to do if there is a conflict with the Electoral College While in the 1824 they added another means for electing our President According to Thomas Jefferson governments are instituted among men deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed Jefferson 516 Simply put each American has a responsibility in the election of our President The election of 1824 put the Constitutions election process to the test On Election Day there were still four candidates in the running for President Since no candidate won with the constitutional majority of electoral votes was sent to the House of Representatives for them to vote on The electoral vote is the primary method for electing the President Each state shall appoint in such Manner as the Legislature therefore may direct a Number of Electors equal to the whole Numbers of Senators and Representatives to which the State may be entitled to in Congress but no Senator or Representative or Person holding and Office of Trust or Profit under the United States shall be appointed Elector Constitution Article II section 1 Although no candidate had the constitutional majority of the electoral votes to win without going to the House of Representatives one candidate Jackson did have a small lead over the next opponent Adams According to the House of Representatives web page the breakdown of the Electoral votes are as follows Andrew Jackson 99 John Quincy Adams 84 William Crawford 41 and Henry Clay 37e Since the Constitution states that when there is a conflict with the Electoral
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