On social media, #PresidentPelosi began trending Thursday morning, following a tweet from President Trump about wanting to delay the election.
If Congress took the unlikely action of delaying federal elections, would Nancy Pelosi become president on Jan. 20, as rumored on social media?
No. The Constitution mandates that a presidential term ends on Jan. 20, meaning that President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence would be out of the office at that point. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi would be next in line.
However, she would be out of the office on Jan. 3 if federal elections were delayed. Next in line would be the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, which is currently Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA).
It’s worth noting that this process could change since only 65 senators would remain in the Senate on Jan. 3, 2021 if the federal elections are delayed. Since a majority of the remaining senators would be Democrats, they could select a new President Pro Tempore of the Senate. Governors could also replace these vacant seats, with appointed senators.
Our experts emphasize that delaying an election would be unprecedented, so it’s unclear exactly how the transition of power would work. It’s possible that states could hold elections of their own, under continuity powers.
But under the traditional succession rules, Rep. Pelosi would not be available, since she would be out of power if federal elections would be delayed.
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