votes for each; which list they shall sign, and certify, and transmit, sealed, to the Government
of the Confederate States
, directed to the President
of the Senate.
The President of the Senate shall, in the presence of the Senate and House of Representatives, open all the certificates, and the votes shall then be counted; the person having the greatest number of votes for President
shall be the President
, if such number be a majority of the whole number of electors appointed; and if no person shall have such a majority, then, from the persons having the highest numbers, not exceeding three, on the list of those voted for as President
, the House of Representatives shall choose immediately, by ballot, the President
But, in choosing the President
, the votes shall be taken by States, the Representative
from each State having one vote; a quorum for this purpose shall consist of a member or members from two-thirds of the States, and a majority of all the States shall be necessary to a choice.
And if the House of Representatives shall not choose a President, whenever the right of choice shall devolve upon them, before the fourth day of March next following, then the Vice-President
shall act as President
, as in case of the death, or other constitutional disability of the President
4. The person having the greatest number of votes as Vice-President
shall be the Vice-President
, if such number be a majority of the whole number of electors appointed; and if no person have a majority, then from the two highest numbers on the list, the Senate shall choose the Vice-President
; a quorum for the purpose shall consist of two-thirds of the whole number of Senators
, and a majority of the whole number shall be necessary for a choice.
5. But no person constitutionally ineligible to the office of President shall be eligible to that of Vice-President
of the Confederate States
6. The Congress may determine the time of choosing the electors, and the day on which they shall give their votes; which day shall be the same throughout the Confederate States
7. No person except a natural born citizen of the Confederate States
, or a citizen thereof, at the time of the adoption of this Constitution, or a citizen thereof born in the United States
prior to the 20th December, 1860, shall be eligible to the office of President; neither shall any person be eligible to that office who shall not have attained the age of thirty-five years, and been fourteen years a resident within the limits of the Confederate States
, as they may exist at the time of his election.
8. In case of the removal of the President
from office, or of his death, resignation, or inability to discharge the powers and duties of the said office, the same shall devolve on the Vice-President
; and the Congress
may, by law, provide for the case of the removal, death, resignation, or inability both of the President
and the Vice-President
, declaring what officer shall then act as President
, and such officer shall then act accordingly until the disability be removed or a President shall he elected.
9. The President shall, at stated times, receive for his services a compensation, which shall neither be increased nor diminished during the period for which he shall have been elected; and he shall not receive within that period any other emolument from the Confederate States
, or any of them.
10. Before he enters on the execution of the duties of his office, he shall take the following oath or affirmation:
I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the Confederate States, and will, to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution thereof.
2.--The President shall be commander-in-chief of the army and navy of the Confederate States
, and of the militia of the several States, when called into the actual service of the Confederate States
; he may require the opinion, in writing, of the principal officer in each of the Executive Departments
, upon any subject relating to the duties of their respective offices; and he shall have power to grant reprieves and pardons for offences against the Confederate States
, except in cases of impeachment.
2. He shall have power, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, to make treaties, provided two-thirds of the Senators
present concur; and he shall nominate, and, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, shall appoint ambassadors, other public ministers, and consuls, Judges
of the Supreme Court, and all other officers of the Confederate States
, whose appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by law; but the Congress
may by law vest the appointment of such inferior officers, as they think proper, in the President
alone, in the courts of law, or in the heads of departments.
8. The principal officer in each of the Executive Departments
, and all persons connected with the diplomatic service, may be removed from office at the pleasure of the President
All other civil officers of the Executive Department may be removed at any time by the President
, or other appointing power, when their services are unnecessary, or for dishonesty, incapacity, inefficiency, misconduct, or neglect of duty; and when so removed, the removal shall be reported to the Senate, together with the reasons therefor.
4. The President shall have power to fill all vacancies that may happen during the recess of the Senate, by granting commissions which shall expire at the end of the next session; but no person rejected by the Senate shall be reappointed to the same office during their ensuing recess.
3.--The President shall, from time to time, give to the Congress
information of the state of the Confederacy
, and recommend to