Republican lawmakers reject Trump’s suggestion to delay elections

Thomas Werner  Bloomberg Topics

The fear of defeat may have prompted Donald Trump to suggest postponing the November 3 election. Mr Calabresi wrote an op-ed in The New York Times saying: "Until recently, I had taken as political hyperbole the Democrats' assertion that President Trump is a fascist".

United States intelligence officials on Friday discounted the possibility of foreign countries mass producing fake ballots to interfere in the November elections, contradicting President Donald Trump's continued insistence that mail-in voting poses a significant threat to election security.

MSNBC host Joy Reid appeared giddy over the idea of a "President Pelosi" amid a hypothetical election debacle.

The prospect of a delayed election was rejected by fellow Republicans.

The dates of presidential elections are enshrined in federal law and only Congress is empowered to make any changes. "You're going to see an election - and we are going to do very well in the election". "We have to prepare for that now and accept that reality".

Trump has been ramping up his attacks on mail-in voting, last week claiming the results of election could take "years".

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to complicate and frustrate existing systems of bureaucracy, Washington lawmakers and election experts have suggested requiring mail-in ballots for all voters to prevent disease transmission at voting polls on Election Day.

"We're going to hold an election on November 3 and the president is going to win", Meadows said on CBS' "Face the Nation". "Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???" "Everyone knows mail-in ballots are a disaster". Many states expect to be scrambling to process millions more in November.

Trump has compared mail-in ballots to foreign interference.

In some states, the ballots can be accepted several days after Election Day, as long as they are postmarked before polls closed.

USPS is recommending that voters who are voting by mail send in their ballots at least one week before Election Day.

Trump's allegations that mail-in voting leads to increased fraud are unsubstantiated. More than a week later, after election officials were able to tally all the mail votes that arrived on Election Day, Democrat Kyrsten Sinema won the senatorial race by more than 2 percentage points.