Mainstream US media discuss idea of eliminating presidential election in case of a candidate’s death

A Candidate’s Death Could Delay or Eliminate the Presidential Election
Chaos would ensue if a vacancy emerges near Election Day.

By Steven Nelson | Staff Writer

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.

“There’s nothing in the Constitution which requires a popular election for the electors serving in the Electoral College,” says John Nagle, a law professor at the University of Notre Dame, meaning the body that officially elects presidents could convene without the general public voting.

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