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What happens to the U.S. presidential election if a candidate dies or becomes incapacitated?

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By Joseph Ax and Jan Wolfe

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It's good that they are preparing if Trump dies.

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The protocol is in place. Let’s take it a day at a time. Stand back and stand by.

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Regardless of your political leanings, the WORST possible scenario FOR THE WORLD is that Trump dies from Covid...We could then be facing potentially TWO terms with M. Pence!

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It's good that they are preparing if Trump dies.

They are not preparing, it’s only protocol.

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The freedumb to go maskless continues, I see.

8 ( +13 / -5 )

Gee. I guess it wasn't a hoax that will like a miracle go away with the warm weather.

Regardless, this is a good article. But for some grey areas that SCOTUS would resolve, if a presidential candidate/president elect were to die at any stage during our election process, we have rules that govern a proper resolution.

Yay rule of law.

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Not looking good at all for Trump I agree.

Maybe he should have been more careful....

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Readers, this story is about protocols. Please focus your comments on that.

The protocol is in place. Let’s take it a day at a time. Stand back and stand by.

Actually, if you read the article, there are problems. These protocols would more than likely be challenged in the courts and the outcome could possibly no be known for months.

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I don't think Trump would die from corona virus but he might be bedridden by bad aftereffect for rest of his life, so it is very possible that Biden is going to be next president of the USA.

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Regardless of how we feel about Trump this is bad on so many levels. 2020 continues to offer more surprises

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Pence must be starting to flex his muscles....

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.We could then be facing potentially TWO terms with M. Pence!

actually it would be 2nd term for Pence, cant believe Im saying it but it would be an improvement over Trump.

He would be far easier to negotiate with than Trump

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Unless Congress delays the election, voters would still choose between the Republican Trump and Democrat Joe Biden even if one died before Nov. 3.

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/explainer-happens-u-presidential-election-175716238.html

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The circumstance, if a President of the United States is deemed to incapacitated to continue in office, to carry out day to dad duties, so close to an election would create an anomalous political predicament.

The U.S. Constitution gives Congress the power to determine the election date. Under U.S. law, the election takes place on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November, every four years.

Congress would need to ascertain procedural unity with support of the upper house (Senate)

Also, before this even takes place, the Vice President would need to be sworn in.

Presidents, Vice Presidents, and First Ladies of the United States

https://www.usa.gov/presidents#:~:text=The%2048th%20and%20current%20vice,term%20on%20January%2020%2C%202017.

Then there is a host of legislative hurdles to jump over.

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I don't think Trump would die from corona virus but he might be bedridden by bad aftereffect for rest of his life, so it is very possible that Biden is going to be next president of the USA.

I really don't expect Trump's condition to get any worse than Biden's current condition.

Any talk about "if a candidate dies or becomes incapacitated" can apply to either candidates.

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Since this article is about protocol...

the election takes place on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November, every four years.

Who comes up with this stuff and why is it never simple? Why not just on the first Tuesday? Why the first Tuesday after the first Monday?

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Look, The US President, in fact any US President, that holds office, the Commander in Chief, must be competent and physically capable to carry out here duties. It is written into the constitution.

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@P.Smith

Well, there you go. I figured there was a reason, I just didn't care enough to look it up. But now I know.

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Seeing the age of both candidates, that is actually a good conversation to have. I am not happy with either of the vice presidents on offer, that is for sure. Maybe they should set an age limit for presidents?

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what's the confusion? This is why you have a Vice President

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the Vice President becomes the president...

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