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23 September 2008 @ 08:00 pm
Just Wondering  

I know I shouldn't think about such things, but I can't help but wonder …

What if, G-d forbid, Senator McCain were to suffer a fatal heart attack sometimes between now and November?

Is there anything in the U.S. Constitution about what to do if this sort of thing happens? Would the election be held anyway? If so, who would the Republican candidate(s) be? Or would The Current Occupant declare martial law until calm could be restored? Or, like, what?

Okay, so my suggestions are somewhat facetious. But, seriously, does anybody have any notion about what might actually happen?

Current Mood: curiouscurious
Annetxanne on September 24th, 2008 01:11 am (UTC)
There's been some discussion on ML, I think. Check out the Melanoma thread.
Fred A Levy Haskell: D'oh!fredcritter on September 24th, 2008 01:18 am (UTC)

ML! Of course! Should'a known! (thanks)

Annetxanne on September 24th, 2008 01:20 am (UTC)
AKICIML. I miss it when I can't spend time there!
sethb on September 24th, 2008 01:44 am (UTC)
The election has to be held. The Republicans would nominate someone else.

Even more interesting if he goes into a coma, either before the election or (if G-d forbid he wins) before the inauguration.
Crystal Cleartalyen on September 24th, 2008 01:53 am (UTC)
Sudden expiration
You know, I have had a very similar wondering in my own head. I'm glad you've sparked that thought with your outside typing voice.
Kristenluckydragongirl on September 24th, 2008 02:29 am (UTC)
Remember when Wellstone died 2 weeks before the election? I'd imagine that, just like in that case, the party would try to put up someone else. But I think the constitution doesn't allow for not having the election.
kaffyr: Son O' Minekaffyr on September 24th, 2008 03:35 am (UTC)
"Or would The Current Occupant declare martial law until calm could be restored? Or, like, what?"

I'll take Martial Law forever, Alex ....

Daniel B. Holzman-Tweedholzman on September 24th, 2008 06:02 am (UTC)
The date of the election is set by the Constitution and no provision is made for this party or that finding itself unready. Depending on when the tragedy struck, Republicans might find themselves in very deep trouble because many states have deadlines for when a candidate can be added to the ballot -- remember that there are 50 state-level elections to the Electoral College.

The Current Occupant might try to declare martial law, but I don't think congress -- or more importantly the military -- would construe the situation as the sort of emergency that founders envisioned when they made a provision for martial law.
Matthew B. Tepper: George Baileyasimovberlioz on September 24th, 2008 06:59 am (UTC)
But the "candidates" on the ballot are the electors who are pledged to the candidates chosen at the conventions. The Republican powers-that-be would simply select a new candidate and instruct the electors already pledged to McCain, to vote for the official substitute when the College meets in December. Presto, fait accompli.
Daniel B. Holzman-Tweedholzman on September 24th, 2008 02:23 pm (UTC)
That depends on the state law: some states require that dead people be removed from the ballot, and other states require that votes be for living, actual persons in order to be valid.[1]

[1] I understand laws like this started getting passed after Mickey Mouse won one too many elections based on write-ins.