|Title||Ballot Box, Electoral College|
|Artist/Maker||Senate Sergeant at Arms Cabinet Shop|
|Dimensions||h. 9 x w. 18 x d. 10 in. ( h. 22.9 x w. 45.7 x d. 25.4 cm)|
|Credit Line||U.S. Senate Collection|
The United States Constitution provides for the election of the president and vice president by an electoral college. Electors cast ballots on the basis of the popular vote in each state. Certificates that attest to each states balloting are brought from the Senate to a joint session of Congress in the House Chamber for counting by the vice president. This mahogany box held the certificates for the official tally on January 6, 1969, that confirmed the election of Richard Nixon as president.
Mahogany boxes, similar in design to this box, have been used to carry the electoral ballots since 1877.