House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) wrote a letter to House Democrats on Sunday asking them to prepare for the possibility that the House of Representatives may have to elect the president if electors are not able to vote by December 14.
“The Constitution says that a candidate must receive a majority of the state delegations to win,” Pelosi wrote. “We must achieve that majority of delegations or keep the Republicans from doing so.”
She is referring to a rule that said each state delegation gets one vote to elect the president. Currently, Republicans have 26 state delegations and Democrats have 22.
In Arizona, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada and New Hampshire, Democrats only have a one or two seat majority. Republicans are vulnerable in Alaska and Montana; and Pennsylvania currently has an even number of Democrats and Republicans.
I’m not sure how the election will make a difference if House members have to elect the president, however. Normally, new representatives are not sworn in until January of the next year. In that case, it’s Trump all the way no matter what Pelosi tries to do.
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