- During the closely contested election of 1876, three states both Rutherford B. Hayes and Samuel J. Tilden needed to win the presidency (Florida, Louisiana and South Carolina) submitted conflicting electoral vote counts from rival state Republican and Democratic election boards. How did Congress plan to handle this situation?
- How many members would belong to this electoral commission and where would they be appointed from?
- How would the objections of members of the House of Representatives and the Senate make their way to the electoral commission?
- What steps needed to be taken by Congress to override the decision of the electoral commission if it disagreed with the group's decision?
- After a disputed election, how might the nation respond to a presidency ultimately decided by such a small group of politicians?
"An Act To Provide For And Regulate The Counting Of Votes For President And Vice-President, And The Decisions Of Questions Arising Thereon, For The Term Commencing March 4 A.D. 1877," U.S. Congress, 29 January 1877. Courtesy of Library of Congress