Questions tagged [contested-election]

Use for questions about elections in which the legality or validity of the result is challenged by the losing candidate or where there is no clear winner.

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Is there precedent or are there procedures for a US president refusing to concede to an electoral defeat?

I am wondering what would happen if an incumbent US President were to lose a presidential election, but refuse to accept the result and to concede defeat (even after any legitimate challenges and ...
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What procedures are in place to stop a U.S. Vice President from ignoring electors?

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) and President Donald Trump's defeated electors appear to be suing Vice President Mike Pence in a Federal Court in Texas. Gohmert and a handful of the electors sued Pence ...
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What happens if no candidate reaches 270 electoral votes?

I have seen polls that indicate that Evan McMullin is statistically even with Trump and Clinton in the state of Utah. With the possibility of six votes taken away by another candidate it is possible ...
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Can the current President of the United States block the transfer of their office to the next elected president?

As indicated by commentary in the news, a considerable amount of people seem concerned about who wins the U.S. Presidential election. For this reason we have for example articles like this Op-Ed in LA ...
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What happens in the event of a tie for a 12th amendment House vote?

Evan McMullin is running for president, hoping to be elected via the 12th amendment, which would require him to receive at least 1 EC vote, and there to not be a candidate that receives the minimum ...
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Can an incumbent Vice President vote in a contingent election in which (s)he is a candidate?

If no Vice Presidential candidate gets a majority of votes in the Electoral College, a Contingent Election will be held in the Senate to elect a new VP. Normally, if a vote in the Senate is tied, then ...
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When was the last time the US electoral college chose a president other than the person recognized as winner at election time?

The Electoral College is elected on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November (United States presidential election - Wikipedia). The President is then chosen by the Electoral College no ...
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What are Donald Trump's legal options if he loses the Presidential Election?

So assume sometime on the night of November 8th or maybe in the wee hours of the morning on the 9th, the media declares one Hillary Clinton the next president of the US. In response Donald Trump does ...
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In what way would invoking martial law help Trump overturn the election?

In the news, it has been said that still-president Trump could invoke martial law in order to help him overturn the election (CNN, Business Insider) Flynn had suggested earlier this week that Trump ...
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Has a sitting US president ever expressed anything less than a full willingness to accept the results of an election?

Currently there's a lot of discussion about Trump's vagueness when reporters ask him whether he would peacefully transfer his power to Joe Biden if he were to lose the election. Thus far Trump has not ...
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Rita Hart (2nd District Iowa) appeal. How many precedents were there?

I have just come across the article about Rita Hart appeal of the race to U.S. House in Iowa's 2nd congressional district. Particularly I was surprized by the sentence: Given that, she said, she is ...
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Which electors are chosen in divided state?

Maybe title isn't 100% accurate. So let's say there is state X, where people have to pick 30 electors. As I know there is a rule 'winner takes all'. What happens when one of parties win in state ...
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What happens if presidential elections were not fair (in some states)?

Assume in some US state, the elections in November will not meet minimum standards of free and fair elections, e.g. a vast amount of votes is lost (in the mail), or extreme riots, or due to Corona, ...