Pelosi Says the House is Ready to Decide the Election if the Results are Disputed
Don’t worry about a close election, folks. If it gets too messy to sort out, Nancy Pelosi told NPR the Democrat-controlled House is ready to step in and choose a winner.
“We understand what the law is and the preeminence of the role of Congress and specifically the House of Representatives when it comes to counting the votes,” Pelosi told NPR’s Ari Shapiro in an interview Monday. “But let’s not worry about that right now. We’re ready. We’re prepared. We’ve been ready for a while because we see this irresponsibility of the president, his disrespect for the Constitution, for our democracy, and for the integrity of our elections. So we’re ready for him.”
You may be wondering how the House could determine the President. Well, it’s actually part of the process. If neither candidate has 270 electoral votes, then the incoming House of Representatives members get to choose the next President. This has only happened twice in our nation’s history, way back in 1801 and 1825, and the House has no obligation to pay attention to the votes of the people. For example, in the 1824 election, Andrew Jackson won the popular vote AND had the most votes in the electoral college. However, he didn’t have a majority of the electoral votes and the House chose John Quincy Adams instead.
In this case, the Democrats have a 232 to 197 lead in the House and aren’t projected to lose it. However, there is a twist. The new President would not be decided by a vote of the entire House, but by a vote of the House delegation from each state. In other words, California gets the same number of votes as South Dakota in this situation. Currently, Republicans hold a small lead in control of state delegations and are projected to maintain it after the election. In other words, the Democrat-controlled House, run by Nancy Pelosi, would probably end up electing Donald Trump if they had to decide the election. Can you imagine the wailing the gnashing of teeth after that outcome? In any case, since this hasn’t happened in 195 years, it probably won’t happen this time either. Of course, in the extremely unlikely event that it does, let’s hope Republican delegations hold a majority of the states.