Q&A: What happens if a candidate dies before an election?

With just 31 days until election day, however, ballots have already been printed and early voting has begun, said UC Irvine law professor and voting expert Rick Hasen. “What’s most likely [is] that the election would take place on time with the deceased or incapacitated candidate’s name on the ballot,” Hasen wrote in a post on his Election Law Blog, “and then there would be a question if legislatures would allow presidential electors of each state to vote for someone other than the deceased candidate.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]