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Fun Election Fact

In the 1800 Presidential election, opposing party candidates Aaron Burr and Thomas Jefferson were tied with 73 electoral votes each. At the time, the Constitution didn't distinguish between Presidential candidates and Vice Presidential candidates, so it was up to the House of Representatives to break the tie to determine the President and Vice President. Over the following 5 days, members of the House cast 35 additional tie votes. Thomas Jefferson was finally declared President and Aaron Burr was declared Vice President on the 36th vote. This election prompted the creation of the 12th Amendment to the Constitution to correct for the possibility of ties, and for the possibility that the President and Vice President could be from opposing parties.

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