UCI News

What happens if a president or nominee dies or is incapacitated? Around elections, it gets thorny

PolitiFact, Oct. 2, 2020

October 2, 2020

What happens if a president or nominee dies or is incapacitated? Around elections, it gets thorny

“What’s most likely is that the election would take place on time, with the deceased or incapacitated candidate’s name on the ballot, 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,” wrote Richard L. Hasen, a professor of law and political science at the University of California, Irvine.