1804.001: Bill to amend the Act for appointing Electors to Electoral College.

Published: 1804

Full Title: [Bill to amend an act entitled an act to amend an act entitled an act for appointing electors to choose a president and vice president of the United States]

Author: Virginia. General Assembly.

Place Issued: Richmond

Issuing Press: Meriwether Jones

Description: Unrecorded


This bill proposed changes to the existing process for selecting Virginia's delegation to the Electoral College in conformance to the Assembly's resolution of December 28, 1803, to ratify the Twelfth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, in order to avoid a recurrence of the tie between Jefferson and Burr in the 1800 election by forcing discrete votes for president and vice- president; that amendment was ratified on June 15, 1804. No copy known extant; Swem recorded title from an order from the House of Delegates to the public printer, Meriwether Jones, on January 2, 1804 to print copies for use during their deliberations. An amended version of this bill was enacted into law on January 21, 1804 as Chap. CXII of the Acts of the December 1803 Assembly.

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