Never has an American presidential candidate died or been forced to withdraw from the race so close to an election. But the health of President Donald Trump raises questions.
Never has an American presidential candidate passed away or has been forced to withdraw from the race so close to an election. But Donald Trump’s hospitalization for coronavirus a month before the election has raised the question of what would happen if something like this were to happen.
Trump, hospitalized with covid-19, he is 74 years old. Meanwhile, his Democratic opponent, Joe Biden, who has been reported to be in good health, is 77 years old and the oldest Democratic candidate to contest the presidential race.
Here is a look at potential scenarios in the event that a nominee drops out: Unlikely. Congress sets the date of the election and this has already been established, as required by US law, for the Tuesday following the first Monday in November.
Both the Republican-controlled Senate and the Democratic majority in the House of Representatives would have to agree to postpone it.
“I don’t see it happening,” said Capri Cafaro, a former Ohio Senate Democratic legislator who teaches at American University. “It is unlikely that a Democratic majority would want to postpone the election.”
Even during the Civil War between North and South, the 1864 election took place as planned and Abraham Lincoln was reelected.
Both Trump’s Republican Party and Biden’s Democratic Party have rules about how to fill an eventual void in the presidential nomination.
In the case of Republicans, the 168 members of the Republican National Committee could vote to select a replacement. They could also agree to rerun their 2,500-plus delegate convention to select a new candidate, but time probably wouldn’t make it feasible.
A simple majority would be the only thing necessary to elect a new candidate in those scenarios.
In the case of the Democrats, a new presidential candidate would be selected by the nearly 450 members of the Democratic National Committee.
Probably not. “The problem at this point is that we are so far advanced in the 2020 election that the ballots are already printed and even people have already voted,” Cafaro said.
“Really not enough time to reprint ballots say Mike Pence or Kamala Harris, “he added, referring to the Republican and Democratic vice presidential candidates.
More than 3.1 million Americans have already voted, according to a count by the University of Florida.
Also, the deadlines for obtaining ballots vary from state to state and in many cases have already passed.
Although a popular vote is held in the United States, the president is elected by an absolute majority of the 538 members of the Electoral College.
In all but two states (Nebraska and Maine), the candidate who wins the majority of the popular vote there it takes all the electors of the state.