What happens if neither candidate wins the majority of electoral votes in a presidential election?

What happens if neither candidate wins the majority of electoral votes in a presidential election? How often has this happened? When was the last time it happened?

This event has occurred twice, once when Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr’s tallies matched in 1800 and again when John Adams and Andrew Jackson tied in 1824.

It is possible for a candidate to legitimately win in the Electoral College but not produce a majority of votes, the last time this occurred was the 2000 Presidential Election.

Would it occur that no candidate produced a majority of Electoral votes, the United States House of Representatives, comprising its 435 members would vote with each member having one vote each.

5 Responses

  1. Capitalist and proud of it Says:

    The electoral college system is a winner take all system. It can’t happen.
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  2. Jack Says:

    This event has occurred twice, once when Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr’s tallies matched in 1800 and again when John Adams and Andrew Jackson tied in 1824.

    It is possible for a candidate to legitimately win in the Electoral College but not produce a majority of votes, the last time this occurred was the 2000 Presidential Election.

    Would it occur that no candidate produced a majority of Electoral votes, the United States House of Representatives, comprising its 435 members would vote with each member having one vote each.
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  3. lonely only Says:

    Three times in our nation’s history (not including the disputed 2000 election),l neither candidate received the necessary majority of Electoral Votes.
    In 1800, the election was thrown into the House when leading vote getters Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr each received 73 votes. In those days, the highest number of votes elected the President, the second highest elect the Vice-President. The vote went to the House of Representatives, Jefferson was elected on the 36th ballot.
    As a result of the disputed election of 1800, the 12th Amendment was added, whereby the president and vice-president ran as a team.

    In 1824, Andrew Jackson came in first in the popular and electoral votes, but failed to gain the necessary majority of Electoral Votes.
    The election was thown into the House. The low vote getter, William Harris Crawford was eliminated. That left a three way race between Jackson, John Quincy Adams and Henry Clay. Some historians belive that a ‘corrupt bargain’ was reached between Adams and Clay, because Clay threw his support to Adams, and Adams was subsequently elected. Afterwards, Henry Clay was appointed Secretary of State, which was, at the time, considered to be a stepping stone to the presidency.
    In 1876, Tilden received 184 electoral votes, Hayes recieved 168 votes. 17 votes from several Southern states, including Florida (believe it or not) were disputed. The House was deadlocked, and the
    election was thrown to a specially appointed Electoral Commission. By an 8 – 7 decision, the Election Commission declared Hayes the winner, despite the fact that he trailed Tilden by 250,000 popular votes.
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    I am a Presidential Historian.

  4. carolehi5 Says:

    It should be turned over to American Idol voters.
    Just sayin’……….
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  5. D.Knows Says:

    Article 2, Section 1, Clause 3 was superceded by the Twelfth Amendment.
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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twelfth_Amendment_to_the_United_States_Constitution

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