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Tally of Electoral Votes for the 1800 Presidential Election, February 11, 1801


Tally of Electoral Votes for the 1800 Presidential Election, February 11, 1801

Tally of Electoral Votes for the 1800 Presidential Election, February 11, 1801; Records of the United States Senate; Center for Legislative Archives; National Archives.

Because the Constitution did not distinguish between President and Vice-President in the votes cast by the Electoral College, both Jefferson and his running mate Aaron Burr received 73 votes in the election of 1800. The House of Representatives cast thirty-five ballots over five days to break the tie and finally, on February 17, 1801, on the thirty-sixth ballot, the House elected Thomas Jefferson to be President.
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