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This website has been re-established with new material and information in advance of the 2008 election. It began as a public service of the Office of the Majority Leader of the United States House of Representatives in November 2000. At the time, a closely contested election raised the stunning possibility that the House of Representatives could decide who would become the next president. As an separate branch of government, the procedure for such an selection was governed not by court decisions of the judicial branch but by the House's own precedents. This website presents those precedents in full, first-hand accounts of every election ever contested in the electoral college, and the Founding Fathers' own explanations of how they intended the electoral college to function.
It turned out in 2000 that the Supreme Court provided an interpretation of Florida election law that resolved the issues before the meeting of electors on January 6, 2001, allowing a relatively straightforward counting of the votes to proceed (view account in PDF). The information presented here is still valuable and has been revived here to serve as a repository of primary source material for students of history and politics.
The site material is reprinted with permission from the former majority leader with several new additions and updates. Google advertisements are used only to defray the cost of hosting the material. This is a not-for-profit public service.