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« on: September 13, 2017, 01:24:07 pm »
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Say the map of the election was like this :



Hillary 268
Trump 260


and the state of Wisconsin has been officially determined(which means the recounts have been already conducted) to have been a tie between Hillary and Trump .  How then does it get determined who receives Wisconsin's 10 electoral votes, or do those 10 electoral votes get thrown out and the election gets decided by congress.
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« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2017, 01:43:48 pm »
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Well, the specifically Wisconsin law is that elections determined to be tied are determined by a coin flip; this has happened at the small-town level.

A statewide election would never be determined to be tied, though. After protracted court wrangling about what to do with individual votes, someone's lawyers would triumph and that candidate would be declared the winner. If this would take longer than it takes for the Electoral College to meet, the state legislature has the authority to appoint electors itself (which in Wisconsin at present would mean a Republican victory, but could be a Democratic one elsewhere) or, if it is deadlocked and cannot send a delegation to the Electoral College, with no majority the election would be thrown to the House.
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« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2017, 03:10:07 pm »
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Also, y'all can make this thread a thousand times, and I'll keep making the same dumb, increasingly out-of-date reference:

Also, my understanding of the law in New Mexico is that in the event of a tie the state's electoral votes are determined by Kevin Costner, and hilarious hijinks ensue as both Presidential candidates attempt to personally woo him for his vote. 
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« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2017, 04:07:27 pm »
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Maybe some states have a runoff between the top two candidates?
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« Reply #4 on: September 14, 2017, 05:35:11 pm »
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Well, the specifically Wisconsin law is that elections determined to be tied are determined by a coin flip; this has happened at the small-town level.

I would be confident in saying that that would have been the most important coin flip in the history of the world!
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« Reply #5 on: September 14, 2017, 09:46:36 pm »
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If, by some strange occurrence, I assume that state's electoral votes would be meaningless and the election would go to the House. That seems to be the most logical path.
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