President Trump, lagging in the polls, floats idea of delaying election

Andrew Cummings
July 30, 2020

Trump trails his Democratic challenger Joe Biden in U.S. public opinion polls.

Benson has said there is no evidence that widespread voter fraud is a result of mail-in voting, but expressed concern this week that election results could be delayed due to the surge in absentee ballots. But he did say he believes that "if you have wholesale mail-in voting, it substantially increases the risk of fraud". The practice has been shown to be safe from both disease and fraud, according to research. Many state election officials, however, have been exploring ways to expand vote-by-mail during the coronavirus pandemic to ensure the safety of voters. That lies exclusively with Congress, per a Washington Post breakdown of the issue.

Taking to his favorite social media platform, the current President of the United States sent out the following message: "With Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history".

Reminder: President Trump doesn't have the constitutional authority to delay the election.


Ellen Weintraub, a member of the Federal Election Commission and its former chair, tweeted in response that Trump has neither the power nor the money to delay the election.

Notably, the presidential election is held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November. It can not be changed without an act of Congress, which would be hard to pass in the Democratic-controlled House. The day of the federal election is set by U.S. Congress and the Constitution makes no provisions for a delay to the presidential inauguration, which takes place on January 20, 2021. -La., asked Barr at the hearing whether a sitting US president could move the election date. "As Supreme Court said in Ex parte Milligan (1866), martial law does not suspend the Constitution". The Constitution sets the date for the election in November. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said.

Only Congress can change the election date, which is set by law on November 3.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell ignored reporters' questions about Trump's tweet as he walked into the chamber on Thursday.


"I don't think that's a particularly good idea", Sen.

"No, we're not going to delay the election", Sen.

Dale Ho, director of the American Civil Liberties Union's voting rights project, likewise said Trump lacked the authority to reschedule an election. It's going to take awhile to get all the votes counted, I am certain.

Last month, Trump told supporters in Arizona that "This will be, in my opinion, the most corrupt election in the history of our country". "Fact is, this is insidious despite fact he doesn't have the power to do so. No, I look forward to that election".


"I'm not thinking about it at all", he added.

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