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Constitutional FAQ Answer #96

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Q96. "What government body elects the President?"

A. The Electoral College votes for the President and Vice President. Whichever person gets the most votes for President becomes President, and whichever person gets the most votes for Vice- President becomes Vice President. It would, however, be inaccurate to call the Electoral College a government body. What you might be thinking of is that the votes of the College are opened in a joint session of Congress. If, at that time, there is no majority winner, the Congress chooses the winners (the House chooses a President, and the Senate chooses a Vice President). See the 12th Amendment for details.

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