What if the Presidential Election is a Tie? - VIDEO


It is a nightmarish situation, but it could happen. And if so, there's an equally nightmarish procedure to resolve it.

Watch it all explained, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. We have a really f@cked up, flawed system.

    Posted by: Marc C | Oct 10, 2012 10:53:19 PM

  2. that video made me learn something new, and it scares me.

    Posted by: mikenola | Oct 10, 2012 11:09:05 PM

  3. Wait, I thought ya'll thought Romney winning was your nightmare

    Posted by: Name: | Oct 10, 2012 11:18:03 PM

  4. Please, oh please everyone just vote! Do you have any idea how this would play out in our partisan country? Our congress can't pass a highway bill smoothly with out the teatastic republicans demanding their agenda and let's ignore the clogged up senate. Also a chance that John Beohner could be acting president? Everyone just vote! I don't care for your anti-voting excuses. Both parties are not two sides of the same coin anymore. One is a moderate party that still think government can do something, the other is simply off the deep end.

    Posted by: Redebbm | Oct 10, 2012 11:19:50 PM

  5. Florida, Florida, Florida...

    Posted by: AngelaChanning | Oct 10, 2012 11:20:26 PM

  6. Please... Doesn't anyone remember how W bought the election for his first term? Just ask Gore how a tie can play out...

    Posted by: Graphicjack | Oct 10, 2012 11:23:40 PM

  7. Great. That's what we need, for the GOP to steal yet another election. At this point, I think if our country is stupid enough to elect Mitt Romney, then we deserve what we get.

    Posted by: shle896shle | Oct 10, 2012 11:24:40 PM

  8. That might be true, but I still want to live here overall.

    Posted by: Gregoire | Oct 11, 2012 12:01:45 AM

  9. There's no way our system will switch to a strictly popular vote, the amendment process is too rigorous and we are too divided for that to happen. A compromise could be reached though that might pass if pushed: keep the Electoral College but in cases where an even split has occurred, the winner is the one with the most popular votes. In the event of a 3-way split, the candidate with the most electoral votes (usually the popular vote winner too) would win. That way the nightmare scenario in the House and Senate would be avoided. Something like this I could see both parties agreeing to. Abolishing the Electoral College I do not.

    Posted by: JohnAGJ | Oct 11, 2012 12:05:42 AM

  10. Hillary could actually take the presidency then?

    Posted by: tim | Oct 11, 2012 2:08:31 AM

  11. all I can do is shake my head in disgust...

    Posted by: ACe | Oct 11, 2012 3:27:27 AM

  12. Oh yeah baby! A Path for Biden 2012!!

    Posted by: Steve Scarborough | Oct 11, 2012 8:22:09 AM

  13. Quit with the scare tactics, already! it is not going to be a tie. It's not going to even be close. Obama is going to win.

    Posted by: AJ | Oct 11, 2012 9:20:17 AM

  14. Um, GraphicJack: 2000 election was NOT a tie. It was a battle over the popular vote in Florida, which would decide who got the electoral votes. There was never a point where the electoral college was tied in 2000.

    Also, this has happened before in 1824 when there was a tie and the House chose John Adams over Andrew Jackson. There's no doubt what happens this year in this scenario. Mitt Romney wins.

    Posted by: Sanderson | Oct 11, 2012 10:25:57 AM

  15. Al Gore will finally concede?

    Posted by: anon | Oct 11, 2012 10:29:30 AM

  16. I love laws from ye olden days!

    Posted by: Drew | Oct 11, 2012 11:26:16 AM

  17. 1. We are a Federation of States
    2. Part of the reason we have the contraption of the Electoral College is to 'attempt' to keep States from bullying other States quite so badly. (there are many other reasons for the EC)
    3. Is the EC an elegant solution? No. If we just resort to a popular vote does that solve the problem? No.

    Before we (myself included) speak too ignorantly about this topic, it would be great to understand the nuts and bolts behind the thinking that came up with the EC. The reasons are actually important to making sure our Federation of States somewhat get along and no group of States can easily overpower another group.

    Civics 101 :)

    Posted by: iowan | Oct 11, 2012 12:39:52 PM

  18. Iowan: you are right. I think the issue has become that, especially in the last few decades, younger generations coming along have slowly seen the signficance of states as something on which laws should differ be erased. It's really hard to conceptualize the idea that states really have differing objectives and agendas, concerns and cultures. Because as time goes by, those distinctions really do disappear.

    Take education. Most people today find it hard to accept that funding for education should really vary by state. Children growing up in Massachusetts should somehow receive better funding for their public education than those in Alabama? It just seems...silly.

    Marriage. So gay couples in MA can say they are married, but cross the border to Rhode Island and they don't. We all watch the same TV, read the same books, travel across the nation is easier. With every decade, I think we move farther and farther away from the necessity of a federalist system. Our Founding Fathers, however, set it up so that it isn't so easily erased.

    I think federalism has made it inherently difficult for the federal government to run efficiently unless it is kept small and focused. But the reality is, that isn't sensible in 2012. People who think it is haven't thought about what happens when states go back to really running themselves and federal funding gets yanked. It sounds great in principle, but it probably wouldn't seem so great in practice.

    I think for the purposes of electing a President, the electoral college has a pretty good track record.

    Posted by: Sanderson | Oct 11, 2012 1:09:24 PM

  19. If by some chance that hell freezes over and Romney wins, then I pray the Mayans were right! He'll never make it to Inauguration Day!

    Posted by: Scott Kjeer | Oct 11, 2012 8:28:33 PM

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