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4127 HISTORIC DOCUMENTS

having one vote; a quorum for this purpose shall consist of a member or members from two-thirds of the States, and a majority of all

the States shall be necessary to a choice. In every case, after the

choice of the President, the person having the greatest number of

votes of the electors shall be the Vice-President. But if there

should remain two or more who have equal votes, the Senate shall

choose from them by ballot the Vice-President.]

The Congress may determine the time of choosing the electors

and the day on which they shall give their votes, which day shall be

the same throughout the United States.

No person except a natural-born citizen, or a citizen of the United

States at the time of the adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the office of President; neither shall any person be eligible

to that office who shall not have attained to the age of thirty-five

years, and been fourteen years a resident within the United States.

In case of the removal of the President from office, or of his

death, resignation, or inability to discharge the powers and duties of

the said office, the same shall devolve on the Vice-President, and the

Congress may by law provide for the case of removal, death, resignation, or inability, both of the President and Vice-President, declaring what officer shall then act as President, and such officer shall

act accordingly until the disability be removed or a President shall

be elected.

The President shall, at stated times, receive for his services a

compensation, which shall neither be increased nor diminished

during the period for which he may have been elected, and he shall

not receive within that period any other emolument from the United

States or any of them.

Before he enter on the execution of his office he shall take the

following oath or affirmation:

"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the

office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my

ability preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United

States."

Section II.-The President shall be Commander-in-Chief of the

Army and Navy of the United States, and of the militia of the

several States when called into the actual service of the United

States; he may require the opinion, in writing, of the principal

officer in each of the executive departments, upon any subject