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Friday, February 21, 2020

The Death of a Presidential Nominee

I don't know the answer to the following question. Suppose someone is formally nominated as the presidential candidate of one of the two parties. On Labor Day, that nominee dies. Who then becomes the new nominee? The running-mate? The person who came in second? Does a party committee decide? 

The Republican Party has a procedure in place if something like this occurs. The RNC can select a new candidate or they can call for another party convention to make that choice. I can find, though, no equivalent rule in the Democratic Party rules. Does anyone know the answer there? 

Posted by Gerard Magliocca on February 21, 2020 at 09:17 AM | Permalink

Comments

Thanks Bob.

Posted by: Gerard | Feb 24, 2020 2:03:26 PM

The Democratic National Committee has the power to fill vacancies of nominees for President and Vice President. I believe this was done once, with the VP nominee of Thomas Eagleton in 1968 being replaced by Sargent Shriver when Eagleton dropped out.

See Article 3, Section 1(c) of THE CHARTER & THE BYLAWS OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY
OF THE UNITED STATES:

https://democrats.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/DNC-Charter-Bylaws-8.25.18-with-Amendments.pdf

Posted by: Bob V | Feb 24, 2020 1:05:52 PM

Typically, it is very recommended to get updates or read in " BallotPedia " for such issues. Here to, and links therein, one may find there, here:

"Democratic delegate rules, 2020"

https://ballotpedia.org/Democratic_delegate_rules,_2020

Thanks

Posted by: El roam | Feb 21, 2020 10:46:04 AM

One may find the " Delegate selection rules, for the 2020 Democratic National Convention " here:

https://www.demrulz.org/wp-content/files/2020_Delegate_Selection_Rules_Final_Incorporated_9.7.18.pdf

I couldn't find yet the specific issue raised by the post. Rule 19 deals with: " Alternates and Vacancies " but doesn't touch presidential nominees it seems right now.

I shall check later for more....

Thanks

Posted by: El roam | Feb 21, 2020 10:39:22 AM

I am under the impression that the names on the ballot are a matter of state law. If true, it would then be up to the electors to voluntarily follow a party request.

Posted by: J. Bogart | Feb 21, 2020 10:18:13 AM

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