I’ve been poking at the relevant election statues trying to figure out what happens when a candidate on the ballot dies before election day. I’ve tried googling and have found nothing except that Westminster, in city elections, allows the replacement of a name on a ballot by a party until the date the ballot is sent to the printer. Is Colorado one of the states where if a dead candidate wins the election then a special election is held? Does Colorado generally allow the replacement of a name on the ballot if it has not yet gone to the printers?
The funny thing is that I got on this question because my boyfriend asked me a question I could not answer (other than to guess). That being what if one of the candidates died before election day. From there it spread to a more general inquiry.
I’m fairly sure that with a presidential situation since we actually elect party selected electors instead of a president directly it would fall to the VP. There would be a mad scramble for rule books and a lot of lobbying, but in the end there would be enough party discipline to just bump up the Veep nominee to the head of the ticket. Because that is how things are expected to work and if something else happened the process could potentially go all funny.
An ambitious runner up from the primaries could cause trouble, but I think that senario before an election would probably just show “party in disarray” and all but guarantee a win for the other. Unless the VP pick was willing to step aside ‘for the good of the party’. But how many VP picks would be willing to step aside with the presidency just a sympathy vote away?