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next following, then the vice president shall act as president, as in the case of the death or other constitutional disability of the president.'
The person having the greatest number of votes as vice president, shall be the vice president, if suck number, be a majority of the whole number of electors appointed, and if no person have a majority, then from the two highest numbers on the list, the senate shall choose the vice president; a quorum for the purpose shall consist of two-thirds of the whole number of sena. tors, and a majority of the whole number shall be necessary to a choice. ,
But no person constitutionally ineligible to the office of president shall be eligible to that of vice president of the United States.
JOHN BECKLEY, Clerk: to the House of
Representatives of the United States. SAM. A. Otis, Secretary to the Senate
of the United States. :
At the same session, an act passed, of which the following is the first section,
An act supplementary to the act, entitled " An act rela
" tive to the election of a President and Vice Presi« dent of the United States, and declaring the offi" cer who shall act as President, in case of vacancies " in the offices both of President and Vice Presi** dent."
Be it enacted, by the senate and house of representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, That whenever the amendment proposed during the present session of Congress, to the constitution of the United States, respecting the man. ner of voting for president and vice president of the United States, shall have been ratified by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several states, the secretary of state shall forthwith cause' a notification thereof to be made to the executive of every state, and shall also cause the same to be published, in at least one of the newspapers printed in each state, in which the laws of the United States are annually published. The executive authority of each state shall cause a transcript of the said notification to be delivered to the electors appointed for that purpose, who shall first thereafter meet in such state, for the election of a president and vice president of the United States: and whenever the said electors shall have received the said transcript of notification, or whenever they shall meet more than five days subsequent to the publication of the ratification of the above mentioned amendment, in one of the newspapers of the state, by the secretary of state, they shall vote for president and vice president of the United States, respectively, in the manner directed by the above mentioned amendment; and having made and signed three certificates of all the votes given by them, each of which certificates shall contain two distinct lists, one, of the votes given for president, and the other, of the votes given for vice president, they shall seal up the said, certificates, certifying on each, that lists of all the votes of such state given for president, and of all the votes given for vice president, is contained therein, and shall cause the said certificates to be transmitted and disposed of, and in every other respect act in conformity
with the provisions of the act to which this is a plement. And every other provision of the act to which this is a supplement, and which is not virtually repealed by this act, shall extend and apply to every election of a president and vice president of the United States, made in conformity to the above mentioned amendment to the constitution of the United States.
And on the 25th of September, 1804, the following notice, in pursuance of the above provision, was issued from the department of state.
BY JAMES MADISON, SECRETARY OF STATE OF
THE UNITED STATES, PUBLICK notice is hereby given, in pursuance of the act of Congress passed on the 26th March last, entitled “ An act supplementary to the act entitled “ An act relative to the election of a president and vice
president of the United States, and declaring the “ officer who shall act as president, in case of vacan“cies in the offices both of president and vice presi. “ dent"_That the amendment proposed, during the last session of Congress, to the constitution of the United States, respecting the manner of voting for president and vice president of the United States, has been ratified by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several states, to wit: by those of Vermont, Rbode Island, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Mary. land, Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia, and has thereby become valid' as part of the constitution of the United States. Given under my hand, at the city of Washington,
this twenty-fifth day of September, 1804. (Signed)
THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES,
WITH ALL THE RATIFIED AMENDMENTS, AS AT PRE
We, the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, ensure domestick tranquillity, provide for the common defence, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
Sect. 1. All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a senate and bouse of representatives.
Sect. 2. The house of representatives shall be composed of members chosen every second year by the people of the several states; and the electors in each state shall have the qualifications requisite for electors of the most numerous branch of the state legislature.
No person shall be a representative who shall not haye attained to the age of twenty-five years, and been seven years a citizen of the United States, and who shall not, when elected, be an inhabitant of that state in which he shall be chosen.
Representatives and direct taxes shall be apportioned among the several states which may be included within this union, according to their respective numbers, which shall be determined by adding to the whole
number of free persons, including those bound to service for a term of years, and excluding lodians not taxed, three-Gfths of all other persons. The actual enumeration shall be made within three years after the first meeting of the Congress of the United States, and within every subsequent term of ten years, in such manner as they shall by law direct. The number of representatives shall not exceed one for every thirty thousand, but each state shall have at least one representative; and until such enumeration shall be made, the state of New Hampshire shall be entitled to choose three, Massachusetts eight, Rhode Island and Providence Plantations one, Connecticut five, New York six, New Jersey four, Pennsylvania eight, Delaware one, Maryland six, Virginia ten, North Carolina five, South Carolina five, and Georgia three.
When vacancies happen in the representation from any state, the executive authority thereof shall issue writs of election to fill such vacancies.
The house of representatives shall choose their speaker and other officers; and shall have the sole power of impeachment.
Sect. 3. The senate of the United States shall be composed of two senators from each state, chosen by the legislature thereof, for six years; and each senator shall have one vote..
Immediately after they shall be assembled in consequence of the first election, they shall be divided, as equally as may be, into three classes. The seals of the senators of the first class shall be vacated at the expiration of the second year, of the second class at the expiration of the fourth year, and of the third class at