1800 election

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The earliest extant voting records in the Secretary of the Commonwealth Collection in the Archives are those of the 1800 elections.

Presidential Election Results

The fourth United States presidential election was held from Friday, October 31 to Wednesday, December 3, 1800. Democratic-Republican Thomas Jefferson defeated Federalist John Adams by a margin of seventy-three to sixty-five electoral votes in the presidential election of 1800. When presidential electors cast their votes, however, they failed to distinguish between the office of president and vice-president on their ballots. Jefferson and his running mate Aaron Burr each received seventy-three votes. With the votes tied, the election was thrown to the House of Representatives as required by Article II, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution. There, each state voted as a unit to decide the election. [1]

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  1. The Library of Congress, Presidential Election of 1800 https://www.loc.gov/rr/program/bib/elections/election1800.html

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