What happens with a split Senate

A. Porter, Editor In Chief

With the Georgia Senate race projecting Democratic wins, the question of what happens with a split senate has become an important question across parties in the US.

There have only been three split senates in past US history, so while ties are not unheard of they have been rare. If there is a tie of 50-50, Article I, Section 2 of the Constitution, clarifies who would hold the deciding vote, “The Vice President of the United States shall be President of the Senate, but shall have no Vote, unless they be equally divided.”

That means until January 20th, Vice President Mike Pence will continue to be the President of the Senate. After that time, Kamala Harris will become the President of the Senate and hold the deciding vote in cases of tie votes.

If the Georgia Senate race ends with two Democratic Senators, there will be no majority leader in the Senate, the Senate leadership role goes to the party holding the presidency. New York State Senator Charles Schumer, the current Democratic minority leader since 2017, will replace Mitch McConnell as the Senate Majority Leader.