UK 6 May 2015 What happens if two candidates tie? Normally? A coin toss, or names from a hat. A poll count in 2010. Photo: Matthew Lewis Getty Images News Sign UpGet the New Statesman's Morning Call email. Sign-up The official briefing says: Where there is a tie between two or more candidates receiving the same number of votes the Acting Returning Officer will decide the result by lot. It is a matter for the Acting Returning Officer to determine the method used. Normally this is a coin toss or drawing names from a hat. Sadly, “by lot” rules out more inventive suggestions which many of us here at the New Statesman would like to see instituted, such as an arm wrestle or a deciding game of Connect Four. Interestingly, at point the Returning Officer at the count was allowed to award an extra casting vote. This happened at an 1831 Bandon by-election. Other types of election also use different methods. The European Parliament Presidential election goes through several stages, but if no-one is declared a winner by the fourth ballot, the older candidate is declared President. In the US presidential collection, a tie – where the Electoral College is split 269 to 269 – the House of Representatives would have to select the president through their own vote. › Whatever happens tomorrow, an equal parliament is some way off Subscribe For daily analysis & more political coverage from Westminster and beyond subscribe for just £1 per month!