1824 Elections

Otis Orchards, Washington
December 1, 2016 3:52pm CST
With all this uproar about the elections brings up to December 1, 1824. In that election neither John Quincy Adams or Andrew Jackson won the majority of electoral votes. The Twelve Amendment had to be applied. This is still in place today. If no one wins the electoral votes then the Twelve Amendment is applied. The House of Representatives votes for the President. On February 9, 1825, the House of Representatives voted Andrew Jackson into the Presidency. I would imagine that election year was a year of uproar. But the young nation weathered that House vote. The nation had to have been divided pretty much 50/50 in order for the vote to have to go to the House. Half the people in the United States had to be happy about it while the other half was not. Luckily it did not cause the nation to break apart. Here’s some music to brighten your day:
Jeremiah was a bullfrog Was a good friend of mine I never understood a single word he said But I helped him a-drink his wine And he always had some mighty fi...
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@much2say (37300)
• United States
4 Dec 16
I suppose there is an uproar with all election years . In the 1824 case, I wonder what the actual popular vote numbers tallied up to! This is one of my quirky friend's favorite songs! I always think of her when I hear this song!
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• Otis Orchards, Washington
4 Dec 16
I don't know what the popular vote numbers were. A lot of people do not understand the electoral votes. Let's take the state I live in for an example. There is no electoral vote for state issues. Nearly all the counties in the state will vote totally different than the three most populated counties in the state. However, because there isn't as many people throughout the state as there is in those three counties, how ever they vote is what wins. If we were to have a state electoral college with, say one electoral vote for each 50,000 people (or may be two from each county), then if all the counties voted differently than the three most populated counties there would not be enough electoral votes from those three counties to determine the outcome of the voting. If the United States did not have an electoral college then the states with the most population (California and New York) would carry every election. What the electoral college does is gives every state a say in the election. This happens to be one of my favorite songs, too.
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@Kandae11 (30733)
1 Dec 16
Interesting bit of history.
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• Otis Orchards, Washington
3 Dec 16
I thought so.
@msiduri (5777)
• United States
1 Dec 16
Fewer of the population could vote then, too. No women. Black people and native Americans (even the "Five Civilized Tribes) effectively barred. Slavery was still practiced. Voting at all was still quite a rarified act. But thanks for the TDN.
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