“What would happen in 2016 if a candidate for President or Vice President were to die or leave the ticket any time between the national party conventions and the November 8 election day? What would happen if this occurred during presidential transition, either between election day and the December 19, 2016, meeting of the electoral college; or between December 19 and the inauguration of the President and Vice President on January 20, 2017?”
“If legitimate and verifiable allegations of voting fraud, or indications of misconduct by election officials on election day are presented, what legal recourses are available to complainants to litigate and potentially to remedy such wrongs and to contest the result of a presidential election?”
In performing its duties to anticipate these types of questions and deliver guidance of members of Congress, the Congressional Research Service has prepared two reports.
The first is a 12-page report dated October 6, 2016, and entitled Presidential Elections: Vacancies in Major-Party Candidacies and the Position of President Elect.
The second is an 11-page report dated October 24, 2016, and entitled Legal Processes for Contesting the Results of a Presidential Election.