After reading the twelfth amendment I see that it outlines a couple of important things:
(a) the twelfth amendment requires separate electoral ballots for the president and vice president. This was created because, during the election of 1800 Thomas Jefferson & Aaron burr were going against the federalists, Jefferson & burr won, but they each received 73 electoral votes and the house of representatives had to re-vote 35 times until on the 36th ballot Jefferson won. This happened because during that time the 2 people that got the highest votes were president and vice president, even if they were in different political parties (we spoke about this incident in class).
(b) the twelfth amendment provides the procedure by which the President and Vice President are elected. It replaced the procedure of the Electoral College under Article II, Section 1, Clause 3, which demonstrated problems in the elections of 1796 and 1800, as mentioned earlier with the election of 1800. The twelfth amendment was proposed by the Congress on December 9, 1803 and was ratified by the requisite number of state legislatures on June 15, 1804.
I am glad that the twelfth amendment was put into place because there were too many problems that had the possibility of occurring without it. My primary example is that of the election of 1800 where re-votes had to take place because the winners of the election for the office of president and vice president were of different political parties.
I thought this comic strip would be interesting for the twelfth amendment. The DCU version of the United States Constitution has a twelfth amendment which, under some circumstances, allows witnesses to give an alias rather than a real name when testifying in court. Even though this image does not correlate with the twelfth amendment we are speaking of, I thought it would be a fun way of reintroducing the twelfth amendment.