A terrorist attack days before the presidential election There's been discussions as to what would happen if there was a major terrorist attack right before the US presidential election. This in light of the Madrid bombings. Let's use October 30, 2004. On this date, a terrorist cell successfully destroys the Supreme Court Building. All the Justices are killed. An estimated 2,000 civilians are killed and 15,000 other are wounded. For sake of argument, a semi loaded with 40,000 lbs of explosives defeated the barriers and managed to drive right up the stairs before detonating. The how isn't important. Would you want the elections to be held at the usual time? Would you want to wait until a new Supreme Court is installed? Would you want to wait a short time for mourning then hold the election anyway? Say two weeks. Holding the elections as scheduled could be a problem. If I'm wrong and the election is as close as 2000, who is going to be the ultimate authority? Who will be the one to tell the states they hav eto follow their own rules? Waiting until there is a new Supreme Court definately would be a problem. There is no way in hell the Congress could agree on a single Justice, let alone 9 of them. There would be no Supreme Court unless one party won 60% of all the seats and could ram their choice through. Waiting a short time would set a dangerous precedent. It would show the US could have it's elections affected by terrorism. We could very well see a major terroist attack before every election that the terrorists wanted to change. I'm not entirely sure yet, but I believe the first would still be the best solution. It would only be a problem if the election would be contested. Which would be political suicide for the instigators of the challenge.