Republican lawmakers reject Trump suggestion to delay USA election

Clay Curtis
July 31, 2020

President Donald Trump on Thursday raised the idea of delaying the November 3 USA elections, an idea immediately rejected by both Democrats and his fellow Republicans in Congress - the sole branch of government with the authority to make such a change.

Many election officials and researchers believe that the greater threat to smooth US elections is Americans' lack of confidence in the process.

Presidential elections are scheduled by law to take place on the first Tuesday after November 1, which this year is the 3rd.

Democrats have pushed to includes billions of dollars in the next coronavirus relief bill to fund election security and accessibility improvements for this year's vote, but Trump and Republicans have so far resisted those efforts. But I also don't want to have to wait for three months and then find out that the ballots are all missing and the election doesn't mean anything.

Experts have said Trump's claims of a "fraudulent" election were laying the groundwork for the president to dispute the results of the election if he was to lose to former Vice President Joe Biden, the Democrats' presumptive nominee.

"There are many Democrats and Republicans who didn't know enough about Anthony Tata to consider him for a very significant position at this time", Inhofe said.

After several hours of criticism and reporters seeking comment from the White House, Trump tweeted that his real objective was to "get the very dishonest LameStream Media to finally start talking about the RISKS to our Democracy from risky Universal Mail-In-Voting (not Absentee Voting, which I totally support!)".

McCarthy said he understood Trump's concern about the integrity of mail-in voting, distinguishing it from absentee voting that he said can be easily traced and confirmed. This is the first time he's suggested publicly that the election should be delayed.

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Lastly, Trump falsely claimed that there is a distinct partisan breakdown between supporters of vote by mail and opponents.

"We're going to have an election, it's going to be legitimate", he said. "States and localities are asking you and Congress for funds so they can properly run the safe and secure elections all Americans want".

Yet all sides agree this election faces a unique set of challenges, with the pandemic still out of control across swaths of the United States.

The director of the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, Chris Krebs, told the Brookings Institution on July 17th, "I've said it before, and I'll say it again".

Groups like Common Cause noted that the president does not have the power to postpone the election date. Kevin Cramer (R-ND), had also characterized Trump's comments as a joke or distraction for the media when talking to reporters earlier in the day.

"Auditability is a key element of being able to determine the integrity of a vote", Krebs said. "Every American - Republican, Independent and Democrat - should be speaking out against this President's lawlessness and complete disregard of the Constitution".

The president has repeatedly railed against the dramatic increase in balloting by mail during the primaries amid concerns over in-person voting due to the coronavirus.

In Vermont, postcards were sent to all voters offering the option of requesting a mail-in ballot.

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