Discussion in 'Elections' started by Chicago1871, Oct 28, 2004.
Electoral College tie could be mother of all messes
I do not even want to think about the possibility of that happening.
The last time this happened the US ended up with Jefferson as president and Burr as vice president...we all know how that situation got worked out.
"Bush could end up with Democrat John Edwards"
Oh that's just sick... godawful sick...
If the EC is tied 269-269, Bush and Cheney should both resign and tell their electors to vote for Kerry / Edwards.
Actually, I would say they should do that under any result.
All Kerry would need is a whistle and a sledghammer.
What if you bit me?
Nope, the last time it happened John Quincy Adams became POTUS. He had gotten fewer EC votes than Andrew Jackson, but cut a deal with...Henry Clay?
Lets all laugh at the history geek.
There will be no tie. Some elector will change their vote to make it 270-268. Really piss alot of people off.
You must spread some Reputation around before giving it to Claymore again.
as long as who ever wins takes us to tomorrow-morrow land, i'll be happy
Didn't someone in West Virginia's electoral college say that they would vote for kerry even if the State went for bush?
Yep. Well sort of.
From the article.
So that means he may not vote for either in which case Kerry wins 269-268-1
Brilliant. I gave you rep for it, but I had to say it here also.
Good one. I started a thread about that but forgot. The elector said he probably wouldn't cast the vote for Dubya but for someone else like Cheney or what not. Not one for Kerry but not one for Bush.
Since that would make it 269-268-1 would Kerry win or would it still have to go to Congress because neither reached the necessary number?
And don't forget that Colorado has the proposition that can effect the division of electoral votes also.
Wait, I screwed up. It HAS to be a majority to become president.
Only if he gets it right. The real issue with the corrupt bargain was that the three prevented each other from having a majority, not that there was a tie. Still, kudos to superdave for coming up with Henry Clay.
In all of my posting today I forgot to say it's pretty obvious how it should be decided if there is a tie.
Logically the popular winner should be declared the winner. But this is American-style elections so logic can go right out the winner.
I thought "this" meant "it goes to the US House," not "tie."
[Bush]Of course I know that wasn't a tie. Of course I know that.[/Bush]
So do we go straight to shootout with no overtime? Or are we doing silver goals?
What's a silver goal?
I just think if there is a tie then the people should have the say and that means the popular vote should determine the winner.
Ther should be a televised debate...during which the candidates have raisinettes shoved up their arseholes. The one with the most candy up their bum wins.
It's a tried and tested form of democratic election. I believe its how the president of the rowing club at Eton is chosen. Prince Edward was a keen participant, I understand.
Since this is a very important election, perhaps a more substantial chocolate should be used, like Milk Dud or Maltesers? However, the use of Toblerone could be most entertaining (although possibly banned under the 7th amendment).