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Response to PennsylvaniaMatt (Reply #2)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 06:54 AM

3. Here's your correction

 

According to the article, there is a move afoot to request a secret ballot when voting for the Speakership.

The rule states that you need a majority of all those who vote by submitting a name. In other words, absences, vacancies and "present" votes reduce the total number of votes cast. Let's say 200 Democrats vote for Pelosi and 40 Republicans abstain and 195 vote for Boehner. Under that remote situation, Pelosi wins. Naturally, if there is a candidate that the 40 renegade Republicans vote for, then there is a second ballot. If they abstain on a voice or electronic vote, then the Renegades would switch their votes before the final count, either to Boehner or one of their own in order to deny Pelosi the Speakership. Pelosi, theoretically, could only become speaker if enough Repuke Cong. abstain in order to reduce the number to reach a majority.

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