Recap of the Popular Vote
The popular vote was cast on 11/6/1928. Herbert Hoover defeated Alfred Smith in a race in which turnout increased 30% over the 1924 race.
The Presidential Electors met in their respective state capitols on 1/2/1929 to cast the electoral vote. All Presidential Electors voted for the nominees of their particular parties. For the first time in American history, the state gatherings of the Presidential Electors did not appoint messengers to deliver copies of the Certificate of Vote to the Office of the Vice President. Instead, the certificates were sent by certified mail.
Counting the Vote
Congress met in joint session on 2/13/1929 to count the electoral votes. At 1:00, David S. Barry, sergeant-at-arms of the U.S. Senate, entered the House chamber, followed by two 16 year old pages carrying special mahogany boxes containing the certificates of vote from the states. Vice President Dawes and President pro tempore George Moses followed, then floor leaders Reed Smoot and Furnifold Simmons. Most other Senators followed, but Sen. Curtis, the Vice President-elect, took a brisk walk outside the Capitol building.
Four tellers were appointed: two from each chamber. They were Senators Samuel Shortridge (R-CA) and William King (D-UT) and Representatives Charles Gifford (R-MA) and Lamar Jeffers (D-AL). Three Senators who w