Will an Electoral College tie be the next 2020 curveball? Here's how that could play out

Will an Electoral College tie be the next 2020 curveball? Here's how that could play out
President Donald J. Trump debates former Vice President Joe Biden, Image via Shutterstock.

Could there possibly be an Electoral College tie? Well in 2020, anything is possible. A report published by USA Today delves into the possibility that President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden end up at a 269 - 269 Electoral College impasse.

Although the scenario is one of the least likely outcomes, it is still a possibility. If the presidential election ends in an Electoral College tie, the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives would be responsible for deciding the presidential election while the Senate would make the selection for vice presidential election.

The report explains how the electoral process unfolds in the days and weeks that follow Election Day:

"The president isn't technically chosen on Election Day. Members of the Electoral College gather in their states on the first Monday after the second Wednesday in December following the election to officially elect the president. The electors will meet on Dec. 14 this year."

Since it looks like Republicans will maintain control of the Senate, Vice President Mike Pence would likely be re-elected for his role regardless of which candidate the House selects for president. However, the latest election results update appears to be favorable for Biden.


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