Donald Trump moots U.S. election delay on Twitter

Donald Trump moots U.S. election delay on Twitter

In a remarkable move by a sitting president, President Donald Trump for the first time Thursday morning suggested delaying the presidential election over his persistent false attacks that mail-in voting would lead to the "most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history". 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.

"His claims about mail-in voting have been debunked time and time again and this tweet only serves to undermine people's faith in our elections", Davids said in a statement. "It will be a great embarrassment to the USA", Trump wrote on Twitter.

"We may not know on election night the balance of the House of Representatives or the Senate or the presidency, but we will not delay the election", Barrasso said at another point. Top Republicans in Congress also quickly rebuffed the idea: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the election date is set in stone, while House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy said the election "should go forward" as planned. "My home state of California and others have long histories of mail-in voting, and widespread fraud has never been a problem".

"Mail-In Voting is already proving to be a catastrophic disaster", Trump tweeted.

Wisconsin Republicans had opposed a move by the Democratic governor to delay the state's April presidential primary because of the pandemic. "The truth is that mail-in absentee voting is safe, simple, and patriotic - so much so that the president and more than a dozen of his closest advisors have done it".

Pompeo, who is fourth in the line of succession to the presidency, said that he did not want to make a legal judgment on the fly about whether it is possible to delay the election, but "in the end, the Department of Justice and others will make that legal determination".

The president said earlier this month that he believes expanded mail-in voting in many states "is going to rig the election" and he might not accept the results.

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"There will be no delay" for this year's presidential election, tweeted Congressman Rodney Davis of IL.

"We aren't going to delay an election just because this impeached President's poll numbers are falling", said U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Detroit. "We've had elections many times in this country during bad, awful circumstances", Baker said.

"If we could hold an election in 1864 in the midst of a Civil War threatening to tear our country apart, we can and will hold one in 2020", she added. More than 300,000 Kansans received advance by mail ballots for this year's primary elections, and the state expects there may be higher use of mail ballots for the general election.

In a lawsuit filed in Pennsylvania, Trump's campaign and the Republican National Committee seek to ensure that all written ballots are delivered in person or by mail to county boards of elections, not collected at places such as shopping centers, retirement homes, college campuses and municipal government. "OH will have a safe, secure and accurate Election Day".

"Mark my words: I think he is gonna try to kick back the election somehow, come up with some rationale why it can't be held", Biden said.

In 2016, Democrats (38%) and Republicans (36%) requested absentee by mail ballots at about the same percentage.

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