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Then the U. S. Senate elects the Vice President from between the two candidates with the most electoral votes, as they did in the election of 1836.

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The required number is more than half of the total. If no candidate gets this required majority, the House of Representatives chooses the president from among the top three candidates using a special procedure in which each state gets one vote.


when a candidate receives less then required % of vote


If no candidate for President receives an absolute electoral majority of 270 votes out of the 538 possible, then the new House of Representatives is required by law to go into session immediately to vote for President. The election is held on a special way- each state gets one vote.


Congress has electoral powers only if no candidate receives a majority of the electoral vote. In that case, the House elects the president by a special vote in which each state gets one vote. States that can not agree on a candidate would have to pass their vote, but a majority of the states must concur in order to end the voting and elect a new president. The senate elects the vice-president and a majority is required to elect.


The winning candidate has to have a simple majority of votes from the electoral college. In other words, the candidate will only need to win by ONE electoral vote to become the president. He must receive a simple majority of the 535 votes in the electoral college.



Any electoral college elector has the right to officaly support their political party's presidential nominee/candidate.


Whichever candidate receives a majority (51%) or more of votes from the electoral college (which is basically elected by the people although delegates to the college are not required by law to cast their votes as their home states wish). If no candidate receives a majority or more of votes (that's 51% or more, not just more than the other guy), then the House of Representatives choose the president and the Senate chooses the VP.


A candidate has to receive 270 electoral votes in order to become President of the United States. California is the state with the most electoral votes.


The total number of electoral votes is 538 - 100 (senators) + 435 (representatives) + 3 (for DC). A majority is 270 - one more than half of the total number of 538. If Texas did not cast its electoral votes, the President still would be elected in the electoral college if a candidate received 270 electoral votes. If no candidate receives at least the required majority of 270 electoral votes, the Twelfth Amendment of the United States Constitution provides that the U.S. House of Representatives will select the president, with each of the fifty state delegations casting one vote, and the U.S. Senate will select the vice-president.


The House votes by state to decide the winnerUS Presidential ElectionIf no candidate receives a majority of the Electoral College votes in a US Presidential election, the states' delegations to the House of Representatives select the president. Each state's delegation receives one vote. The House must select from the top three Electoral College vote getters (i.e. the three candidates with the highest Electoral College vote totals), and the winner must receive the majority of votes.A minimum 2/3rds quorum is required (i.e. 2/3rds of all the states' delegations must be present), and the winner must get a simple majority of that quorum. Only state delegations can vote in such a tie-breaker (e.g. the District of Columbia's Electoral representatives are excluded, and D.C. does not get a vote). Voting rounds continue until there is a winner.Vice presidential electionIf no candidate for the Vice President receives a majority of the Electoral Vote, the Senate will then choose the winner. Each senator has a single vote, and they can chose from the top TWO Electoral College vote-getters. A simple majority (51 of 100) is required to win in the Senate. Only Senators may vote (e.g. the current Vice President does not get to break ties) in this special case. As with the House, voting rounds continue until there is a winner.


As of 2016 the winning candidate has to receive 270 of electoral votes to become President.This number is one more than 1/2 of the total of 538votes and so is the majority of the votes.270 electoral votes are required. There are 538 members of the electoral college and you need a majority to win outright. There are scenarios for a 269-269 split and how to break the tie.


The candidate needs to win 270 to win in a state.270 electoral votes are required for election. There are 538 total electoral vote; a majority of the 538 electoral votes is 270.(If nobody gets that many, the House of Representatives chooses from among the top three vote-getters in a special procedure in which each state gets one vote.)



In the 1840 US Presidential election, a total of 148electoral votes were required to secure election as President. The victor, Whig candidate William Harrison, was elected with 234 - a majority of 174 and 86 more than was required to win.


In short: US Presidents are not directly elected by the individual voters but by the Electoral College, whose members pledge their votes to the candidate who won the popular vote in their State. In most States, the candidate with the majority of votes statewide receives all of that State's electoral votes; however, some States allow electoral votes to be divided between candidates. The number of electors is based on the state's population. The states with the greatest population have the most electoral votes. When the voter casts a vote for president, in reality the vote goes to one of the presidential electors designated by the candidate in that state. The number of electors for each state equals the number of senators and representatives that state has in Congress. Although the number can change based on the census. The candidate who receives the most votes receives all the electoral votes in that state. The candidate with a majority of the electoral votes is elected to office. The electors gather in Washington, DC, in December and cast their ballots based on the results of the November election. If no candidate receives a majority of the electoral votes, the election of president is determined by the House of Representatives. Presidential elections are held on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November every four years. After the results have been tallied, the Electoral College meets on the Monday after the second Wednesday in December to cast their votes. In most elections, the electors will vote for the candidates that the people chose through the popular vote. However, this is not required by law. The Founding Fathers felt that there would potentially be times when the people would not know which candidate would be the best president, and as a result the electors can choose to vote against the popular vote. Today this is rare, but it is possible. Some states have made laws that require the electors to vote according to the will of the people. Other states have separate groups of electors for each party, and these electors are bound to vote for the their party's candidate. When the votes are tallied, these states send the appropriate electors to the December vote, thus ensuring that the choice the people made is followed. However, not all states have these provisions, so it is entirely possible for an elector to vote for a candidate that did not win the popular vote in her state.The Electoral College is composed of 538 electors who are tasked with the responsibility of deciding the President and Vice-President of the US.


The House of Representatives elects the President in this case. There is a special procedure for doing this specified in the Constitution.


In 1824 four candidates received electoral votes and no candidate got the majority required to be elected, so the House decided the election. (In 1800 Jefferson and his running mate, Aaron Burr tied in electoral vote because at that time, each elector had two votes. This situation was changed by the 12th amendment.)


if nobody received a majority of the electoral vote, the House of Representatives chooses the president from the three with the greatest number of electoral votes in a special election in which each state's representatives cast one vote for their state.


If no candidate for president receives a majority of electoral votes for president, the Twelfth Amendment of the United State Constitution provides that the U.S. House of Representatives will select the president, with each of the fifty state delegations casting one vote. In the 1824 presidential election an individual needed to receive at least 131 electoral votes out of the 261 total electoral votes. Andrew Jackson received 99 electoral votes, John Quincy Adams received 84 electoral votes, William Crawford received 41 electoral votes, and Henry Clay received 37 electoral votes. The popular vote totals were Andrew Jackson 151,271, John Adams 113,122, Henry Clay 47,531, and William Crawford 40,856. Since no candidate received the required majority of 131 electoral votes, the president was elected by the U.S. House of Representatives in accordance with the Twelfth Amendment of the United States Constitution. John Quincy Adams won the election in the House of Representatives.


The electoral college votes are the votes that matter the most. If a candidate for president wins the popular vote, but not the electoral vote, they lose thee race. Each state has a certain amount of electoral votes, if the candidate wins that state by the most votes, the electoral votes get totaled to their points.


In a strong sense, yes, the elector is required to do his duty if not by law by his own sense of honor and integrity and moral suasion. In some states the elector can be punished for violating his vow to support a certain candidate. However, it is extremely rare for a person who has been a long-time party member and has given years and much of his own money to a cause and a candidate to even consider voting for the opposition candidate.


No presidential candidate received more than 50% (a majority) of the electoral votes in 1824. In the 1824 presidential election an individual needed to receive at least 131 electoral votes out of the 261 total electoral votes. Andrew Jackson received 99 electoral votes, John Quincy Adams received 84 electoral votes, William Crawford received 41 electoral votes, and Henry Clay received 37 electoral votes. The popular vote totals were Andrew Jackson 151,271 (42.9%), John Quincy Adams 113,122 (32.1%), Henry Clay 47,531 (13.5%), and William Crawford 40,856 (11.6%). Since no candidate received the required majority of 131 electoral votes, the president was elected by the U.S. House of Representatives in accordance with the Twelfth Amendment of the United States Constitution. John Quincy Adams won the election in the U.S. House of Representatives.


The election of the president of the United States due to the lack of a majority of electoral votes has gone into the House of Representatives twice. It happened once in 1800 when Thomas Jefferson was chosen for his second term as president. It happened in 1924 when John Quincy Adams was chosen President. In 1876 there was a question concerning the electoral votes and which candidate was actually entitled to those from 3 southern states. A commission awarded them to Rutherford B. Hayes.


If no candidate in a presidential election has the majority of electoral votes than the members of the house of representatives vote to choose which one of them will be the next president. This is in Article II Section I of the Constitution.



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