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§ 3 of 25th Amendment triggered before Nov 3?


Section three of the Twenty-fifth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States (PDF) states the following;

Whenever the President transmits to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives his written declaration that he is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, and until he transmits to them a written declaration to the contrary, such powers and duties shall be discharged by the Vice President as Acting President.

On October 1, 2020, President Donald Trump tested positive for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, the virus which causes COVID-19. On October 2, President Trump was hospitalized in Maryland. Since Trump's positive test was announced, there has been speculation that he may be incapacitated, necessitating a transfer of powers to the vice president.

Will Trump transfer presidential power to VP Mike Pence under section 3 of the Twenty-fifth Amendment before election day?

For a positive resolution, before November 3 2020 it must be announced by the White House or reported by the New York Times or Washington Post that President Trump has transferred presidential powers to Mike Pence under the terms of section three of the Twenty-fifth Amendment. A transfer under any other section of the Twenty-fifth Amendment, or any transfer of power not expressly made in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution, does not count for this question.

Note that this has happened on only two prior occasions; in 2002, and again in 2007.

This question resolves positively if power is transferred for any period of time under this section, regardless of whether Trump later reclaims his powers.

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