Presidential Transfer of Power

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imagesThe political world was upended Tuesday, and it is going to be a rocky road.  Yet, once the electoral college confirms Donald Trump as the next President, the transfer of presidential power will happen as it always has since January 23, 1933.  There will be a transition process and then, according to the Twentieth Amendment of the United States Constitution, Section 1.:  “The terms of the President and Vice President shall end at noon on the 20th day of January, and the terms of Senators and Representatives at noon on the 3d [sic] day of January, of the years in which such terms would have ended if this article had not been ratified; and the terms of their successors shall then begin.”  Divisions and wounds will remain deep from this election, but we should all feel blessed that we live in a country which can consistently pass on power to someone new without violence.

 

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