What happens when Electors die before they can vote?

I’m assuming most people are aware we don’t actually vote for a President or Vice President on Election Day. We choose Electors and those Electors vote on who will be President and Vice President six weeks later.

Given that there are several hundred Electors, there must have been some who have died in that six week period. When this happens, who chooses a replacement Elector?

In Ohio the remaining electors elect a replacement.

Just guessing at states randomly, it looks like Vermont, Oregon, South Dakota, and Texas all do basically the same thing. So that’s probably the norm.

That is the usual practice, yes. It can happen for lesser reasons then death–an elector might be ill or detained or unable, for myriad reasons, to travel to the state capital on the requisite day. (This was common in earlier times when travel was more difficult.) The other electors can appoint a replacement.

Take a close look at the electoral vote by states from the election of 1864. Note that Nevada cast only two votes for Lincoln.

How was this possible? Nevada was admitted as a state just days before the 1864 election, and hadn’t had time to write a state law allowing for replacements. One of their electors died, and they were SOL.