JOE Biden and Donald Trump are closely tied in one of “the most consequential elections in American history.”
In the unlikely, but possible, event of Trump and Biden getting 269 electoral votes each, the Constitution says the House of Representatives chooses the president, with each state having one vote, and the Senate choosing the vice president
However, although Democrats are poised to be in charge of the House of Representatives, this doesn’t mean Biden would automatically win.
Nancy Pelosi said the House of Representatives were “ready” and “prepared” to face a possible tie.
Speaking to NPR, Pelosi said: “But let’s not worry about that right now.
“What we want to be ready for is a big vote tomorrow to dispel any thought other than that, on January 20, Joe Biden will be inaugurated president of the United States, that we will have a Democratic House and a Democratic Senate.”
Has there ever been a tie in a US election before?
The House has decided only two elections – both occurring before the current threshold of 270 electoral votes needed to win.
Thomas Jefferson defeated Aaron Burr in 1800 (fans of the Broadway play “Hamilton” should know this well). Jefferson and Burr were both part of the Democratic-Republican Party and finished in a 73-73 tie before the House gave the win to Jefferson.
“If neither candidate gets a majority of the 538 electoral votes, the election for President is decided in the House of Representatives, with each state delegation having one vote. A majority of states (26) is needed to win. Senators would elect the Vice-President, with each Senator having a vote. A majority of Senators (51) is needed to win,” the website states.