If you watched debates over the certification of the Electoral College last week, you probably heard references to the 1887 Electoral Count Act, the 12th Amendment, and the 25th Amendment. Here is quick primer.

The election of 1876 was a much bigger mess than what you witnessed last week. Three southern states sent in two different sets of Electoral Votes. In the midst of post-Civil War Reconstruction, pro-Union governments submitted Electors for Republican Rutherford Hayes, but Dixie Democrats set up shadow governments and submitted Electors for Democrat Samuel Tilden.

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