Electoral college timeline from election day to inauguration


President Donald Trump and his allies have suggested that the system is only fair if a winner is declared on election night, but it is a terrible misunderstanding of the US Constitution and US law, which both make clear that the President Technical process of choosing. Starting only on election day.
The system is particularly confusing because voters only cast ballots to determine which candidate gets to send an associate group of voters to the electoral college where the actual presidential vote takes place. (There is a refresher here.)

Americans have been refining this process since the election of 1800, which resulted in an originally electoral college tie. The House of Representatives gave Thomas Jefferson the presidency and that first disputed election resulted in the 12th Amendment, which revised the electoral college process.

Later, in 1824, John Quincy Adams went to the White House despite not winning the popular vote or majority at Electoral College.

In 1876, the results were disputed in many southern states, and the lack of clear electoral college results led to a deal in the House that allowed Rutherford b. Gave Hess the presidency even though he neither won the Electoral College nor the popular vote. Eventually the Electoral Count Act of 1887 came into force, which is still in force today.

The entire timeline is below.

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