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jberryhill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 01:28 AM
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99. No, it wouldn't -be- an issue before the election

The 20th Amendment refers to circumstances in which the President elect is not eligible.

Prior to the election, there is no President elect. Congress doesn't run the election, choose the electors, or for that matter, select the candidates or put them on ballots.

The Constitution does not assume the existence of things like mass media, parties, campaigns, etc. The assumption appears to be that some time prior to January 20th, a bunch of electors (chosen in whatever manner the states choose them) are going to show up on horseback and vote.

When 538 folks show up on horseback wearing fur caps, and elect a jar of mayonnaise to be President, then Congress might have a thing or two to say.

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