What happens if there is a 269-269 Tie in the Electoral College?- Election 2012

What happens if there is a 269-269 Tie in the Electoral College?- Election 2012

With the 2012 Presidential getting closer just a few weeks before election day, folks are beginning to wonder what would happen if their were a 269-269 electoral vote tie in the electoral college.

269-269 Electoral Vote tie – Mitt Romney (red) and Barack Obama (blue). Image from CNN’s Electoral College calculator.

This week Real Clear Politics and other Electoral Map assemblers have removed nearly 50 electoral votes from the Obama column, leaving just a 20 vote difference between Obama and Romney.

While no one wants there to be a crisis in the electoral college, there appears to be several scenarios that allow for such a tie.  We came across an analysis article by the Washington Examiners Philip Klein.  Here is what he had to say:

As Mitt Romney continues to make gains in swing state polls in the wake of his dominant debate performance last week, it’s becoming increasingly possible that Americans could wake up on Nov. 7 to a 269-269 Electoral College tie. In such a case, Romney would almost surely win the presidency, according to analysis by the Washington Examiner.

Under the U.S. Constitution, in the event of an Electoral College tie, the presidential race is turned over to the House of Representatives (assuming no unexpected defections when the electors formally vote in December). And here’s the twist: Each state would get just one vote, based on what the majority of its own delegation decides. A candidate would thus need 26 votes to win.

In 1800, the last time this happened and state delegations split evenly in their House members’ choice of president, those states (Vermont and Maryland) cast blank ballots. (In that election, because the congressional and presidential inaugurations were held on the same day, the outgoing House chose the president instead of the incoming one. This would not happen today, because the new Congress is sworn in before the electoral votes are counted.)

The Washington Examiner took a detailed look at current House delegations and considered the range of realistic outcomes in this year’s Congressional elections, including changes due to reapportionment.Read the Rest if the story by Philip Klein at WashingtonExaminer.com.

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