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MVB, Senate remarks and motion on presidential and vice-presidential election bill, 16 April 1824

The bill "in addition to the act relative to the election of a President and Vice President of the United States," was again taken up for consideration in Committee of the Whole. Several amendments were made to the bill, on motion of Mr. Van Buren. The bill was then reported to the Senate.

Some further amendments were made, in its details, at the suggestion of Messrs, Eaton, Mills, Van Buren, and Smith. Upon fixing the time of delivery of the votes at the Seat of Government, some debate took place between Messrs. Mills, Macon, Van Buren, Lowrie, Williams, and King of Alabama. The first Wednesday of January was eventually fixed as the time. The several amendments were then agreed to, by the Senate.

Mr. Macon objected to the general principles of the bill, on the ground that it was not necessary; and would, as he thought, have a tendency to create the very difficulties it proposed to remedy—he thought, too, that Congress had no power to legislate on the subject.

Messrs. Holmes, of Maine, and Van Buren, replied to the objections advanced by Mr. Macon.

The bill was then passed to be engrossed and read the third time.

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Source: <em>Annals of Congress</em>
Collection: N/A
Series: Series 4 (3 December 1821-31 December 1824)