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Response to Rose Siding (Original post)

Fri Oct 7, 2016, 10:17 PM

5. Constitutional Chaos, litigation, hand wringing, & almost certainly Hillary victory (no guarantee)

What happens if a U.S. presidential candidate withdraws (or dies) before the election is over?

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2016/09/14/what-happens-if-a-u-s-presidential-candidate-withdraws-or-dies-before-the-election-is-over/

Presumably the elector would like to vote for the person the {***} Party has chosen to replace its nominee and does so. If state law prohibits that, is the state law unconstitutional? Is Congress obligated to accept this vote?

Any final thoughts or recommendations for where people can go to learn more about this topic?

There should not be this much uncertainty about such momentous questions, even if the events involved are low-probability events. The political parties need to clarify their rules after this election. Congress should consider legislation to resolve some of the remaining uncertainties.

For more information, see the article “Presidents, Vice Presidents, and Death: Closing the Constitution’s Succession Gap” by Akhil Reed Amar.

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