Since the U.S. presidential election is still pending, it is possible that both the Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and the incumbent President Donald Trump could receive the same number of votes in the electoral college. The theater of war, Georgia, could be the key.
A victory in Georgia would bring the winner 16 votes. Some ballots are still being counted in the state, with signs pointing to a close race between Trump and Biden. Although the state is traditionally a republican state, there is an outside chance that Biden could win in Georgia.
A total of 538 US votes are available. According to the Associated Press, Biden currently has 264 votes, while Trump has 214 votes.
To achieve a tie in the electoral college, with each candidate receiving 269 votes, Biden would have to lose Arizona, Nevada and Georgia, while winning North Carolina and one vote from Maine. In Maine, the four votes will be divided by region.
Although the results are not yet final, the Associated Press has predicted a Biden victory in Arizona that will bring 11 votes. A victory in Nevada would give the state winner 6 votes. And in Maine, the AP has called for three votes for Biden and one for Trump.
Officials in Georgia said a final count of the ballots may be available this week. In a press release on Wednesday, Georgian Foreign Minister Brad Raffensperger said that the counting of ballots could continue until Thursday.
“We are on track to achieve this in a responsible manner by ensuring that the voice of every eligible voter is heard,” Raffensberger wrote. “It is important to act quickly, but it is even more important to do it right.
The Trump re-election campaign filed a lawsuit in Georgia to try to make a distinction between ballots that arrived at polling stations after election day.
In a statement on Wednesday, the Trump campaign said the lawsuit would “oblige all Georgian districts to separate all late arriving ballots from all legally submitted ballots to ensure a free and fair election in which only legal, valid ballots count.
In the event of a tie in the electoral college, the President must be elected by Congress. The House of Representatives would decide who becomes president, while the U.S. Senate would elect the vice president.
The members of the House of Representatives from each state would vote as a unit on behalf of the state they represent. Instead of casting one vote per person for the candidate of their choice, the members of the House of Representatives would cast only one collective vote. If the election of the vice-president is entrusted to the Senate, each senator would vote individually for his or her candidate.
If neither the House of Representatives nor the Senate can find a majority for the President and Vice President, the President of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, would serve as acting President until Congress can make a decision.
Washington Newsday has asked the Biden campaign for comments.