In America today, it seems to be either you do not include principles and ethics in your vote, or you do. Those who do, hope that the House will choose the next President, and the not-so-principled want their candidate elected by the slimmest number of Americas as possible.
The election is in the House when the 12th Amendment is required. This gives the House the awesome duty to choose from the slate of contenders to determine which shall be President. “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.”
While the hope is for a third party to obtain the needed electoral votes to stop any other candidate from securing the need 270 delegate total, it is seldom, if not irregular that one of the two major parties will win the needed votes. IF it will come to the need for the House to choose, then it is incumbent in today’s style voting to necessitate the need to utilize the Senate to choose the Vice President. “The person having the greatest number of votes as Vice-President, shall be the Vice-President, if such number be a majority of the whole number of electors appointed, and if no person have a majority, then from the two highest numbers on the list, the Senate shall choose the Vice-President; a quorum for the purpose shall consist of two-thirds of the whole number of Senators, and a majority of the whole number shall be necessary to a choice.” . This indisputably means we could have a President and a Vice-President from opposite parties.
“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.”
Today is the first day that American’s can choose to hold concatenate their values, morals, principles, and integrity and vote for a third party candidate, and have a vote IN THE HOUSE, or avoid the chance and vote for either of the major party candidates. Which do you choose?
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