NANCY Pelosi could be president after the election if Joe Biden and Donald Trump are tied in the electoral college.

The chance that the House Speaker becomes the president is unlikely, but not entirely impossible.

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To become president a candidate must secure a minimum of 270 out of 538 votes from the Electoral College.

However, as 538 is an even number there could be a scenario that both Trump and Biden receive 269 votes.

If that were the case, the vote would go to the US House of Representatives to break the tie.

There is an odd number of votes to be secured from the House, 435, meaning a majority is guaranteed.

In the House, each state, and not each representative, receives one vote.

This means that, for example, a vote among the Maryland representatives would go to the Democratic candidate, as it has seven Democrats and one Republican.

The Senate are in charge of picking the vice president in the case of a tie from the Electoral College.

This means that the White House could hold, for example, a Democratic president and a Republican vice president.

If the House cannot decide on a president, but the vice president has been chosen, then they would become the acting president until the matter was resolved.

However, if neither the Senate nor the House can make their pick, then the Speaker of the House would become the acting president until a decision was made.

In this case, Nancy Pelosi would run the White House.

Despite the chances of this happening being slim, an electoral tie has occurred before.

In 1800, during the presidential election between Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr, both candidates received 73 electoral votes.

This week, Hillary Clinton confirmed that she is one of the 538 electors. This means could cast a key vote against Donald Trump after the election.

"I'm an elector in New York," Clinton told SiriusXM's Signal Boost.

"I'm sure I'll get to vote for Joe (Biden) and (Kamala Harris) in New York. So, that's pretty exciting."

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