Wednesday, August 31, 2016

What Happens If A U.S. Presidential Candidate Dies Before The Election?

Democratic U.S presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (L) and U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump © Reuters

U.S News And World Report: A Candidate's Death Could Delay or Eliminate the Presidential Election

Chaos would ensue if a vacancy emerges near Election Day.

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.

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WNU editor: It appears that if a Presidential candidate should die before the election, it will be the elites within that political party who would decide on the replacement. I cannot think of a better to enrage the American electorate than by doing something like that.

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