The Election of 1800 Federalists- John Adams vs. Democratic Republicans – Thomas Jefferson
Each party thought the other was endangering the welfare of the country! • Federalists charged the Dem/Rep as being godless, because they believed in freedom of religion. • Republicans warned that Federalists would bring back a monarchy, and only would represent the interests of the wealthy people with property.
When the votes were tallied….. • A TIE!!!! T.J. – 73 , Aaron Burr 73! • According to the Constitution, the House of Representatives would break the tie. • At the time, votes were cast for each person individually as president or vice president, not as a team. • After 35 voting sessions, Thomas Jefferson becomes 3rd President of the United States!
To Prevent this from ever happening again… • Congress passes the Twelfth Amendment in 1803 • This amendment requires electors to vote for the president and vice president on separate ballots.
Jefferson’s Policies • The People’s President • Wore everyday clothes to inauguration • Laissez faire policy – government “hands off” –limited government involvement • Advocated state’s rights • Reduce power and size of federal government –large federal government threatens liberty