Thomas Jefferson Won the Election and the Presidency
In your school elections, do you vote for a
president and a vice president separately, or does the person
with the second highest number of votes become the vice
president? In our national elections, electoral voters
decide separately to fill the position of president and vice
president, but that wasn't always the case.
17, 1801, Thomas Jefferson was elected president of the United
States, but there was more to it than beating his opponent.
When Thomas Jefferson ran for president, he beat his
opponent, John Adams, but he tied with his running mate, Aaron
Burr. So, who was to be the president and who was to be the vice
president? It was up to the House of Representatives to decide,
and most of the congressmen did not like the idea of voting for
Jefferson. He wasn't even a member of the same political party
as they were. Jefferson and Burr campaigned against each other
for six days. Finally, Thomas Jefferson won the support of
Congress and became the third president of the United States.
Burr, as a result, became vice president.
decided to establish a process so they wouldn't have to make
that decision again.
Three years after Jefferson was
elected, the Twelfth Amendment to the Constitution was adopted.
This amendment states that the ballots used in the election
process should indicate which person is running for President
and which is running for Vice President.
Today, if you
run for president of the United States, you won't have to worry
about being elected vice president instead.