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United States Constitution

Article II, Section 1

First three Paragraphs


The executive Power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America. He shall hold his Office during the Term of four Years, and, together with the Vice President, chosen for the same Term, be elected, as follows


Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors, equal to the whole Number of Senators and Representatives to which the State may be entitled in the Congress: but no Senator or Representative, or Person holding an Office of Trust or Profit under the United States, shall be appointed an Elector.


The Electors shall meet in their respective States, and vote by Ballot for two Persons, of whom one at least shall not be an Inhabitant of the same State with themselves. And they shall make a List of all the Persons voted for, and of the Number of Votes for each; which List 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 shall be the President, if such Number be a Majority of the whole Number of Electors appointed; and if there be more than one who have such Majority, and have an equal Number of Votes, then the House of Representatives shall immediately chuse by Ballot one of them for President; and if no Person have a Majority, then from the five highest on the List the said House shall in like Manner chuse the President. But in chusing 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. In every Case, after the Choice of the President, the Person having the greatest Number of Votes of the Electors shall be the Vice President. But if there should remain two or more who have equal Votes, the Senate shall chuse from them by Ballot the Vice President.


Analysis

The articles of the U.S. Constitution tells you how the founding fathers wanted things done. At the time they wrote it, there was only one election for them to deal with and that was the President and Vice-president of the country. The important aspects of how to run an election are all underlined. In the first paragraph, it ends with “be elected as follows”, which says it is going to describe how to run an election.

The second paragraph describes “Electors” as those who both run the election and are allowed to vote in it. It states “no Senator or Representative, or Person holding an Office of Trust or Profit under the United States, shall be appointed an Elector”. The founding fathers agree with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants that those who run the government should not be allowed to do the accounting, which in a democracy is the people.

The third paragraph states that “the Electors shall meet in their respective States, and vote by Ballot.” That is how they vote, then “they shall make a List of all the Persons voted for, and of the Number of Votes for each; which List they shall sign and certify, and transmit sealed to the Seat of the Government”