Last Updated on October 6, 2020
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), told reporters last Thursday she is prepping House Democrats for a possible role in determining the winner of November’s election should there be no clear winner after the smoke settles.
But, if the Electoral College deadlocks and neither President Trump nor his challenger, Joe Biden, is declared the winner, each House state delegation would be charged with casting one vote for president. That vote is predicated on the majority party in each delegation.
Pelosi said she is shooting for Democrats to cast at least 26 votes, the smallest majority possible. In that eventuality the White House would go to Biden.
If, after the House is charged with voting, a majority has still not emerge for either Trump or Biden, Pelosi said, “then it goes into another range where the Speaker becomes the [president]. It’s complicated after that.”
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With the Senate charged with determining the vice president, a successful process would avoid a Speaker-to-President scenario.
But if the House vote tied at 25-25 and the Senate failed to agree on a vice president, Pelosi would become acting president, this according to the 1947 Presidential Succession Act.
The US Constitution requires the certification of the election by Congress on January 6, 2021, which is just a few days after a new Congress is seated.
As it stands now, Republicans have the advantage in state delegations.
Pelosi has been whipping Democrats to focus on flipping seats in Alaska and Montana. These delegations now have GOP majorities. Pennsylvania’s delegation is tied at nine, so a pick-up in November could give the Democrats the edge.