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  •  Is it majority or plurality? (4+ / 0-)
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    milton333, JerryNA, KateCrashes, JVolvo

    Does the Speaker need a majority of the House? or only a plurality?

    What happens if the vote looks something like this:

    Pelosi     200 (every single Democrat)
    Boehner  155
    Cantor or similar: 80

    (I'm not certain how the GOP would actually break, but the actual breakdown doesn't matter, just the pattern. The split on the fiscal cliff was 151-85, and they lost 8? seats.)

    And then what? Parliamentarians want to weigh in?

    •  Majority of votes cast (1+ / 0-)
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      JVolvo
      To be elected, a candidate must receive an absolute majority of the votes cast—which may be less than a majority of the full House because of vacancies, absentee Members, or Members who vote "present." If no candidate receives the majority of votes, the roll call is repeated until a majority is reached and the Speaker is elected.
      --Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives

      The Speaker doesn't have to be a member of the House, by the way.  Last November, Louie Gohmert, boy genius, nominated Newt Gingrich for Speaker and while that was, ummm, unusual, it wasn't against the Constitution.  

      "Injustice wears ever the same harsh face wherever it shows itself." - Ralph Ellison

      by KateCrashes on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 04:20:42 PM PST

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