Some aspects are covered already for the nominations themselves (e.g. What is the procedure for choosing a new Republican candidate for the US presidency if the nominee withdraws or is removed? and A presidential candidate drops out after nomination). These focus one the respective national convention's nomination.

This question is about having a name on the ballot.

At least this year (2020), the deadlines for ballot access have passed in July (See example of Kanye West's announcement considered too late: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-election/kanye-west-2020-running-for-president-legal-possible-forbes-interview-deadline-trump-a9608596.html), but the conventions are only taking place now (in mid August).

Question: What would happen to the ballots if either of the parties would not nominate the presumptive candidates, or they would not accept, or the nomination would swap the presumptive president and vice-president role?

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    deadlines for ballot access have passed in July You probably should clear that up as Democratic and Republican conventions have historically been in August. I think those earlier deadlines refer to independent candidates.
    – Just Me
    Commented Aug 19, 2020 at 11:56
  • @JustMe Thanks for this hint. I like the question and your comment to leave a they are, because this difference for independent candidates seems to be the root cause of my question.
    – hitchhiker
    Commented Aug 20, 2020 at 6:26

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For recognized parties (the criteria will vary from state to state, but generally require the party to have met a registration threshold or general election threshold in the previous election), there will be a reserved slot with its own deadline. For example, in Michigan,

A state-recognized political party must certify to the secretary of state the names and addresses of its candidates for president, vice president and presidential electors. This certification must be filed "within one business day after the conclusion of the party's state convention or national convention (whichever is later)."


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