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

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

President Donald Trump suggested Thursday that the 2020 election should be delayed until "people can properly, securely and safely vote".

While the president claimed there will be "universal mail-in voting", just five states - Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Utah and Washington - conduct their elections entirely by mail.

In a tweet, Mr Trump said "universal mail-in voting" would make November's vote the "most inaccurate and fraudulent election in history" and a "great embarrassment to the USA".

He suggested a delay until people can "properly, securely and safely" vote.

Also, a Stanford University study found results of mail-in voting don't tend to favor either political party, McClatchy News previously reported. Some have considered more widespread vote-by-mail options during the coronavirus pandemic. The Constitution gives Congress the power to set the date for elections.

Trump suggested widespread absentee voting, promoted by election officials in MI and dozens of other states, will cause "the most inaccurate and fraudulent election in history" in a Thursday morning tweet.

The most recent public opinion polling in the Biden-Trump race shows the presumptive Democratic nominee leading in national surveys as well as in most of the crucial general election battleground states. "While he has no authority to delay the election, we can not ignore his escalating lies and attacks on our democracy", Eldridge said in a statement.

The president does not have the power to change the date of the election.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., did not respond to questions about Trump's tweet on the way to the Senate floor Thursday morning.

In April, Trump said he wasn't considering the prospect of changing the election date.

This is not the first time he has spoken out against mail-in voting.

Critics have accused the president of attacking remote voting to sow doubt about the fairness of the 2020 election and lay the groundwork for challenging the results if it goes against him.

If Trump tries to declare "martial law", University of Kentucky election law expert Josh Douglas wrote, "even that would likely not give him power to postpone election or delay end of his term on January 20, 2021".

Can Trump delay the election?

"Our elections are enshrined in the Constitution", Rep. November 3rd. It's a good number. "I've never looked into it".

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

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