Suppose the president-elect dies after the electoral college votes are officially counted, but before inauguration day. What happens then?
I'm guessing that the House of Representatives would meet to elect the new president, and would probably choose the vice president-elect to be the new president-elect. But are there any laws that specify exactly what is to be done in such a situation?
The Vice President-elect becomes President. (President for the whole term, not just Acting President). If the President-elect and Vice President-elect both die before inauguration, the Speaker of the House becomes President (they'd technically
be Acting President, but they'd serve the whole term).
"If, at the time fixed for the beginning of the term of the President, the President elect shall have died, the Vice President elect shall become President. If a President shall not have been chosen before the time fixed for the beginning of his term, or if the President elect shall have failed to qualify, then the Vice President elect shall act as President until a President shall have qualified; and the Congress may by law provide for the case wherein neither a President elect nor a Vice President elect shall have qualified, declaring who shall then act as President, or the manner in which one who is to act shall be selected, and such person shall act accordingly until a President or Vice President shall have qualified."