Electing the Speaker of the House of Representatives: Frequently Asked Questions [October 23, 2015] [open pdf - 487KB]
"On September 25, 2015, the current Speaker of the House of Representatives, John Boehner, announced his intention to resign the post at the end of October. This report briefly poses and answers several 'frequently asked questions' in relation to the floor proceedings used to elect a Speaker of the House. Current practice for electing a Speaker, either at the start of a Congress or in the event of a vacancy (e.g., death or resignation), is by roll-call vote, during which Members state aloud the name of their preferred candidate. Members may vote for any individual. If no candidate receives a majority of votes cast, balloting continues; in subsequent ballots, Members may still vote for any individual."
CRS Report for Congress, R44243
Federation of American Scientists: http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/index.html