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Electoral College tie still looms as a possibility

November 4, 2016 By Scott Bomboy

It may seem like a long shot, but the highly anticipated presidential contest between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump could go to overtime after Tuesday, November 8 if the candidates each have 269 votes in the Electoral College.

Can Ivanka Trump or Bill Clinton be the next Vice President?

June 24, 2016 By Scott Bomboy

Recently, the Washington Post listed 36 possible Donald Trump running mates, including his daughter, Ivanka. And there has been a debate since 2008 about Bill Clinton as a VP candidate. Does the Constitution allow these scenarios?

Vice President Profile: Aaron Burr

June 15, 2016 By Olivia Fitzpatrick

As part of a continuing series this summer, Constitution Daily looks at Vice Presidential selections that had an impact on the Constitution. First up – the Vice President who forced Congress and the states to approve and ratify the 12th Amendment: Aaron Burr.

Looking at the idea of third-party challenge to Trump

December 21, 2015 By Scott Bomboy

This weekend, veteran political journalist Jeff Greenfield said that some GOP insiders are theorizing about a third-party candidate to oppose Donald Trump, if he wins the Republican nomination. By any means, that scenario is complicated but with some precedent.

What happens when no one wins a presidential election?

December 1, 2015 By NCC Staff

We don’t talk a lot about the 12th Amendment at the National Constitution Center, but this week marks a milestone that is an important part of the Constitution: It allows Congress to settle disputed presidential elections.

Happy birthday, 12th Amendment!

June 15, 2014 By NCC Staff

Today we celebrate the anniversary of the 12th Amendment (ratified June 15, 1804). Here’s what you need to know.

12th Amendment: Election of President and Vice President

February 12, 2014 By Scott Bomboy

As part of our 27 Amendments (In 27 Days) project, we look at the important 12th Amendment, which settled that ugly mess between Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr in 1800 and made clear the Vice President's eligibility requirements.

12th Amendment: Election of President and Vice President

December 16, 2013 By NCC Staff

After the disputed election of 1800, this amendment required separate designation of presidential and vice presidential candidates. The 12th Amendment also specifies how the president and vice president are to be selected should neither candidate obtain the votes of a majority of the electors.

I move the previous question: The final days of the filibuster

November 25, 2013 By David W. Wise

In the commentary, David W. Wise argues that the Senate filibuster, in all its forms, is unconstitutional.

States changing electoral vote methods nothing new

January 31, 2013 By Lara Brown

Villanova's Lara Brown looks at Republicans in Pennsylvania who want the change the state's electoral system, and how that practice goes back to the Founding Fathers.

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