Timelines
Electing the President and Vice President

  • 1787
    Electoral College Established

  • 1796
    Two Parties, One Team

  • 1800
    U.S. House Votes 37 Times to Break Tie

  • 1803
    Twelfth Amendment Approved

  • 1804
    Twelfth Amendment Ratified

  • 1820
    Senator Plumer's Surprise

  • 1824
    Electoral College Overrides Popular Vote

  • 1876
    Electoral Commission Decides Presidential Election

  • 1888
    Electoral College Decides Presidency

  • 1952
    Electors' Pledge to Candidate Is Not Binding

  • 2000
    Presidential Election of 2000
    Bush v. Gore