Wisconsin Republicans break with Trump on election delay

Wisconsin Republicans break with Trump on election delay

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy both dismissed the idea.

To be clear, Trump has no power to "delay the election".

The remarks follow a Thursday morning tweet by the President that suggested delaying the election due to the baseless assertion that widespread mail-in voting will lead to a "fraudulent" election. It's incumbent on us to ensure safe and secure elections, and that's exactly what the Congress has been doing.

Despite Trump's attacks on voting by mail, Republicans have desperately tried to convince their voters to use mail-in ballots amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

At a news conference in Merritt Island to promote Florida's aerospace industry, Gov. Ron DeSantis was asked about the president's comments. "Delay the election until people can properly, securely and safely vote", he wrote. "We will find a way to do that again this November third", he told local Kentucky station WNKY.

And there appears to be little appetite among Republicans to back Trump's idea.

However, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo refused to be drawn on Mr Trump's suggestion.

But Trump does not have the authority to move an election and bide more time to win favor from his diminishing base.

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"Just bringing it up is breathtaking in and of itself", Evers said. If he didn't already know this, someone has certainly told him by now.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin tweeted at Trump that "the election is not going to be delayed".

"Those are the incoherent, conspiracy theory ramblings of a lost candidate who is out of touch with reality", Murtaugh said. Critics warn that he could be laying the groundwork for contesting the results - although the goal may be simply to give him a scapegoat if he loses. "This election will be the most rigged election in history if that happens". DeSantis, long a staunch ally of Trump's, said he had not seen the president's tweet. Voters and health officials have also expressed concerns about the possible dangers of spreading the virus during in-person voting.

"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. She wrote in an email to reporters, "Only Congress can change the date of our elections" and Congress will not consider it.

Which states are holding postal votes?

In 2016, just five states - Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Utah, and Washington - conducted all-mail voting and 29 accepted no-excuse absentee voting. Other states are considering it, according to a postal voting campaign group. California has announced plans to send ballots to all registered voters for the fall election, but will also have in-person voting options available.

Some states already have all-mail elections without any issues, while all but a handful of states have expanded their rules about voting by mail to allow anyone to cast a mail ballot amid the pandemic.

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