Trump floats November election delay, but that’s not within his power

Cook explains mail-in ballots

Trump suggested delaying the 2020 presidential election in a Thursday morning tweet while further perpetuating the false claim that mail-in voting leads to widespread voter fraud.

The dates of presidential elections - the Tuesday after the first Monday in November in every fourth year - are enshrined in federal law and would require an act of Congress to change.

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President Trump's tweet came about 15 minutes after news of the worst-ever-recorded quarterly performance of the American economy. "Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???" At a House Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday, Attorney General Bill Barr was asked if a sitting president can change the date of the election. The Constitution makes no provisions for a delay to the January 20, 2021 presidential inauguration. "I want voters to be aware of all voting options available to them, including voting at polling places, voting early in our office, or voting by mail from the comfort of their home", said Michelle Andahl, Sarpy County Election Commissioner.

At the time, Trump rejected that out of hand, saying a few days later: "I never even thought of changing the date of the election". The Facts Don't Support It Trump has begun to cast doubt on the results of the November election as he trails presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden in most national and swing state polls.

Of those, Coakley expects about 58,500 to vote absentee by mail and about 39,000 to vote absentee in person.

In late April, Biden told donors in a fundraiser: "Mark my words, I think [Trump] is going to try to kick back the election somehow, come up with some rationale why it can't be held".

"As you see behind me, there are tabulation machines that you see at in-person voting, and each of these tabulation machines will be tested for accuracy", said Antonacci. In June, the president said that the "biggest risk" to his re-election prospects is increased mail-in voting and whether he can win lawsuits to stop its expansion. "Trump has zero authority to delay the election", tweeted Rep. Jim Himes of CT. "Largely because of his ineptitude".