posted on Jul, 29 2004 @ 02:59 PM
In a nutshell, here it is:
If the President elect is not fit for service prior to being elected by the Electoral College (in December), the Electoral College still votes for
President. It is assumed this would be for the Vice-President elect, although it doesn't have to be.
If the President elect is unfit after the Electoral College has voted him/her in, then the Vice-President elect will become President.
If both the President elect and Vice-President elect are unfit for office after the Electoral College has qualified them, then the established chain
of command will take effect, Speaker of the House etc. Remember, the President does not take office until January 20th. At that time, the previous
cabinet members are still technically cabinet members, but they usually resign as common courtesy so the new President can establish his own cabinet.
Under this scenario, they would still be in line to become President.
There are a couple of scenarios where the House of Representatives would chose an acting President and the Senate would chose an acting
Vice-Presidnet, but it is not entirely clear.
That being said, if something like that happened, I'm sure there would be quite a few different interpretations of the Constitution and several legal
battles to figure it out.