Now you may be saying to yourself, "Self, isn't the US Presidential election supposed to take place in November, four years after the last one? Well, self, I thought so, so how can this be true?" Both you and yourself are correct; Title 3, Section 1 of the US Code states that the presidential electors "shall be appointed, in each State, on the Tuesday next after the first Monday in November, in every fourth year succeeding every election of a President and Vice President." However, that wasn't codified in the US Code until 1948, which was 100 years after election law very similar was passed. Prior to 1848, though, US law stated, "electors shall be appointed in each State for the election of a President and Vice-President of the United States, withint thirty-four days preceding the first Wednesday in December, one thousand seven hundred and ninety-two, and within thirty-four days preceding the first Wednesday in December in every fourth year succeeding the last election." So, the presidential election of 1800 took place from April to October, with the deadline for selection of electors being October 31, 1800. It seems almost comical by today's standards, because with the rate at which information travel, one state's election returns would surely affect other states' elections happening on a later date, but that's how it happened.