A Candidate's Death Could Delay or Eliminate the Presidential Election

The presidential election could be delayed or scrapped altogether if conspiracy theories become predictive and a candidate dies or drops out before Nov. 8. The perhaps equally startling alternative, if there’s enough time: Small groups of people hand-picking a replacement pursuant to obscure party rules.

The scenarios have been seriously considered by few outside of the legal community and likely are too morbid for polite discussion in politically mixed company. But prominent law professors have pondered the effects and possible ways to address a late-date vacancy.

“There’s nothing in the Constitution which requires a popular election for the electors serving in the Electoral College,” says John Nagle, a law professor at the University of Notre Dame, meaning the body that officially elects presidents could convene without the general public voting.


I’d not waste synapses on such an outcome. If 1864 couldn’t “eliminate an election,” the sudden loss of a candidate wouldn’t do it either.

Since the presidency has only existed for 11 generations, it’s not really a surprise that such a loss has yet to occur. Ideally, one would think that the party involved would name the VP candidate as the new number one; then if elected, (s)he would nominate a new VP, if not, the anomaly would be over; but the whole Trump fiasco has shown just how superfluous the party leaderships can be.

But there would be an election.


Given the ugly climate in this political year, this is a dangerous topic to even think about, let alone entertain on this website.:eek:

Isn’t the present election cycle crazy enough without this scenario?

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