Dead Presidents

Historical facts, thoughts, ramblings and collections on the Presidency and about the Presidents of the United States.

By Anthony Bergen
Asker Anonymous Asks:
If someone under the eligible age is elected to office - say a thirty year old elected somehow to the Presidency - what would happen? Would they be prevented from serving? By whom?
deadpresidents deadpresidents Said:

After the Electoral College meets in their respective states to cast their ballots, the Presidential election is certified by a Joint Session of Congress.  If an ineligible candidate was somehow elected, I assume that the Joint Session would refuse to certify him/her as President.  It would be like when the House or Senate refuse to seat a member, but on a much larger scale.  I’m not completely positive, but I would imagine that the refusing to certify the elected candidate because he/she were ineligible would result in the the election being thrown into the House for a decision.

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