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12.—The electors shall meet in their respective
states, and vote by ballot for President and Vice Pre-
sident, one of whom, at least, shall not be an inhabi-
tant of the same state with themselves; they shall
name in their ballot the person voted for as Presi-
dent, and in distinct ballots the person voted for as
vice-President; and they shall make distinct lists of
all persons voted for as President, and of all persons
voted for as vice-president, and of the number of
votes for each, which lists 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 pre-
sence 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 ex-
ceeding three, on the list of those voted for as Presi-
dent, the House of Representatives shall choose imme-
diately, by ballot, the president. But in choosing
the President, the votes shall be taken by shares, 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 majo-
rity 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 fol-
lowing, then the vice president shall act as president,
as in the case of the death or other constitutional dis-
ability of the president.

2.—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 members on the list, the se-