Trump suggests delaying 2020 USA election, Republicans say no

Trump suggests delaying 2020 USA election, Republicans say no

U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday raised the possibility of delaying the nation's November 3 presidential election, though the Constitution bestows that power on Congress, not the president. Maria Cantwell, a Democrat, stressed the importance of investing in elections infrastructure and allowing the country to vote by mail, using her speech to push for legislation that would allow more citizens to vote by mail and provide money to help states improve their elections' cybersecurity.

President Trump suggested delaying the 2020 presidential election, claiming it could be ripe for fraud. The president has no authority to postpone the election. And Trump has called remote voting options the "biggest risk" to his reelection.

If there were no victor of the presidential election by January 20, the Constitution dictates that the Speaker of the House - now Democrat Nancy Pelosi - would become acting president until a successor was confirmed.

"Must know Election results on the night of the Election, not days, months, or even years later!".

Trump, on Twitter on Thursday morning, alleged, without evidence, that mail-in balloting would be make the 2020 presidential balloting the "most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history".

The election is scheduled for November 3.

Delayed results are common in a few states where elections are already conducted largely by mail.

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Republican Senator Mitt Romney also rejected the delay and noted that about 90% of voters in his home state of Utah submit ballots by mail. Half the states in the USA permit any voter to vote by post on request. "We've had elections in the midst of world wars. No, but I don't want to see a crooked election", Mr Trump said. "Second, you can't. Third, my state has proven year after year that vote-by-mail is safe and secure".

Mr Trump has frequently criticised mail voting, which many states have adopted to reduce the risk to voters from the coronavirus pandemic that has killed more than 154,000 of the nearly 4.6 million people infected in the U.S. so far. Otherwise, he said they "should never be elected to Congress again". The reason is that mail ballots take longer to process than in-person ballots, especially in states that have less mail voting infrastructure and are scaling up quickly to respond to the pandemic. 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.

The move raises questions on whether Tony Tata's comments on former President Barack Obama and other personal issues have scuttled his chances to become the undersecretary for policy at the Pentagon.

Trump has increasingly sought to cast doubt on November's election and the expected pandemic-induced surge in mail-in and absentee voting.

However, Thursday was the first time he floated the idea that public concerns around the Covid-19 pandemic could possibly warrant a delay of the vote.

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