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If Trump Kicks the Bucket from Covid, All the ballots are null & void???? (Original Post) Politicalgolfer Oct 2020 OP
I don't think so. That's why you vote for a Prez & a VP! nt napi21 Oct 2020 #1
Yes. The ticket is Trump and Pence. Unless both are gone, it shouldn't matter. Claustrum Oct 2020 #2
Even if both are gone, it's still the ticket. LisaL Oct 2020 #5
I don't think so. It's too late to change a ticket now. LisaL Oct 2020 #3
Not sure about president but in MN Wellstone died SlogginThroughIt Oct 2020 #10
So you're saying EarlG Oct 2020 #4
No pence become president if Trump wins jorgevlorgan Oct 2020 #6
We've been over this a million times; the election can't be postponed. The Velveteen Ocelot Oct 2020 #7
Its a bit more complicated. drray23 Oct 2020 #8
Those are the ones I'm talking about Politicalgolfer Oct 2020 #12
There is no need for new ballots. You don't vote for Biden/Teump Statistical Oct 2020 #16
actually they lost the case on appeal and they did not reprint anything.nt. drray23 Oct 2020 #18
We don't vote directly for Trump or Biden ramblin_dave Oct 2020 #9
No because we're not technically voting on the president anyway... Drunken Irishman Oct 2020 #11
No you don't vote for the Pres/VP you vote for the electors Statistical Oct 2020 #13
No. The election still happens. nt Blue_true Oct 2020 #14
Not at all. Order of succession is President, Vice President, Speaker of the House. nt Hekate Oct 2020 #15
But on the plus side, he'd be dead. There's always a silver lining. Nevilledog Oct 2020 #17

LisaL

(44,972 posts)
3. I don't think so. It's too late to change a ticket now.
Thu Oct 1, 2020, 11:21 PM
Oct 2020

Not sure what the rules are, but the names stay on the ballot regardless.

 

SlogginThroughIt

(1,977 posts)
10. Not sure about president but in MN Wellstone died
Thu Oct 1, 2020, 11:23 PM
Oct 2020

Not sure about president but in MN Wellstone died running for Gov and Mondale stepped in but I believe the ballots were already printed.

The Velveteen Ocelot

(115,614 posts)
7. We've been over this a million times; the election can't be postponed.
Thu Oct 1, 2020, 11:22 PM
Oct 2020

And if Trump croaks before the election the party has to choose a replacement. It's happened before. Here's how it works: https://people.howstuffworks.com/what-happens-presidential-candidate-dies.htm

drray23

(7,619 posts)
8. Its a bit more complicated.
Thu Oct 1, 2020, 11:22 PM
Oct 2020

If a nominee dies before the election, their party can select somebody else. Now, I am not sure about what would happen to ballots already cast and if they would have time to print new ones before November 3rd.

Politicalgolfer

(317 posts)
12. Those are the ones I'm talking about
Thu Oct 1, 2020, 11:28 PM
Oct 2020

The ones already cast....and, like I said, the Repubs will run to the court on this. Look at whatever state just had to reissue ballots because of some Green Party candidate that won their case to be on the ballot. IOW, trying to invalidate all early & mail in ballots!

Statistical

(19,264 posts)
16. There is no need for new ballots. You don't vote for Biden/Teump
Thu Oct 1, 2020, 11:32 PM
Oct 2020

You vote for electors to the electoral college who are pledge to vote for Biden or Trump. They aren't obligated to do so.

Zero chance is required. That being said Trump is losing and if Trump is dead his ticket has certainly lost due to the depressed turnout.

ramblin_dave

(1,546 posts)
9. We don't vote directly for Trump or Biden
Thu Oct 1, 2020, 11:22 PM
Oct 2020

We vote for a slate of electors to the Electoral College. They could pick someone else if a candidate dies.

 

Drunken Irishman

(34,857 posts)
11. No because we're not technically voting on the president anyway...
Thu Oct 1, 2020, 11:23 PM
Oct 2020

We're voting on electors.

If Biden wins, then it becomes irrelevant.

If Trump-Pence win, then it becomes a mess.

There's no guarantee that Pence would become President on January, 2021. Instead, the electors would be free to vote for whomever they want. They would theoretically vote for Pence but they're not required to.

Statistical

(19,264 posts)
13. No you don't vote for the Pres/VP you vote for the electors
Thu Oct 1, 2020, 11:30 PM
Oct 2020

If Trump's electors win they could vote for anyone. In fact that was one of the rationales for the electoral college in the first place.

Most likely the electors would vote for Pence and then Pence would name a new VP.

Of course I strongly believe Biden will win even if Trump is alive and if Trump is dead before election day the chances of Biden winning go to 99.9%.

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