Botnst - 10/22/2004 8:00 PM
kvining - 10/22/2004 6:11 PM
From what I can see, if the President is not selected by the 20th of January, then the new Congress gets to pick him. That means both the House and Senate would have to concur.
Section 3. If, at the time fixed for the beginning of the term of the President, the President elect shall have died, the Vice President elect shall become President. If a President shall not have been chosen before the time fixed for the beginning of his term, or if the President elect shall have failed to qualify, then the Vice President elect shall act as President until a President shall have qualified; and the Congress may by law provide for the case wherein neither a President elect nor a Vice President elect shall have qualified, declaring who shall then act as President, or the manner in which one who is to act shall be selected, and such person shall act accordingly until a President or Vice President shall have qualified.
Jeezus, that sounds like a prescription for national disaster.
There's also the part about Congress.
Section 2. The Congress shall assemble at least once in every year, and such meeting shall begin at noon on the 3d day of January, unless they shall by law appoint a different day.
Is that the Congress that gets to count the Elector's ballots or is the previous Congress?
Worse, as I believe there have been occasions when two sets of electors have been sent to Washington DC from the same state, representing different state cabals. I think that Congress voted on which set of electors to seat. This is hazy memory, so if some lawyer knows this stuff, she can probably help us out.
William Blake, I think, said something like, "The tangled webs we weave when we set about to deceive."