Asked by: Otelia Maitre
asked in category: General Last Updated: 5th March, 2020

What happens if no one gets 270 votes?

What happens if no presidential candidate gets 270 electoral votes? If no candidate receives a majority of electoral votes, the Presidential election leaves the Electoral College process and moves to Congress. The Senate elects the Vice President from the 2 Vice Presidential candidates with the most electoral votes.

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People also ask, is it possible that neither candidate could reach 270 votes What would happen?

A candidate must receive an absolute majority of electoral votes (currently 270) to win the presidency or the vice presidency. If no candidate receives a majority in the election for president or vice president, that election is determined via a contingency procedure established by the 12th Amendment.

Likewise, why do you need 270 electoral votes to win? The Electoral College consists of 538 electors. A majority of 270 electoral votes is required to elect the President. Your State has the same number of electors as it does Members in its Congressional delegation: one for each Member in the House of Representatives plus two Senators.

Also asked, what happens if nobody votes in an election?

If NOTA gets the highest number of votes in the re-election as well, the candidate with the most votes, excluding NOTA, will be declared the winner. However, the rejected candidates are not barred from re-elections.

Do we still need the Electoral College?

U.S. territories are not entitled to any electors as they are not states. While the electoral vote has generally given the same result as the popular vote, this has not been the case in several elections, most recently in the 2016 election. The Electoral College system is a matter of ongoing debate.

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