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Trump Suggests Delaying US Presidential Election

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The BBC correspondent points out that Trump is trying in every way to diminish the significance and credibility of the upcoming, November presidential election, which many prominent analysts claim will have a huge turnout of voters who will vote by mail, which makes the U.S. president very anxious.

He claimed delays in mail-in results and lost ballots might mean the election victor isn't clear for weeks or months after the election. "It will be a great embarrassment to the US", the president intoned on Twitter.

Biden said he thinks Trump may use his office to intervene and predicted earlier this summer the president might try to delay the contest: "Mark my words, I think he is going to try to kick back the election somehow, come up with some rationale why it can't be held". Edward Foley, an election law specialist at Ohio State University's law school, told the Hill that, while a large number of mail-in ballots might result in some delay, the process should not take longer than a month.

"I don't want to delay, I want to have the election", he said.

Dr Smith said the US Constitution only gives that power to Congress, with both Democrats and Republicans firmly committed to the 3 November date.

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), an occasional Trump critic, wrote: "Reminder: Election dates are set by Congress". Shifting Election Day is also virtually impossible for Trump on his own: The date, the Tuesday after the first Monday in November in every fourth year, is enshrined in federal law and would require an act of Congress to change.

Freda Levenson, legal director of the ACLU of OH, said addressing the system she calls "incredibly subjective and fraught with error" is crucial this year, as records numbers of Ohioans prepare to vote by mail because of the pandemic. Pompeo was questioned by Democratic Senator Tim Kaine.

Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley was especially blunt: "All I can say is, it doesn't matter what one individual in this country says". The government reported that the USA economy shrank at a dizzying 32.9 per cent annual rate in the April-June quarter, by far the worst quarterly plunge ever, as the coronavirus outbreak shut down businesses, has thrown tens of millions out of work and sent unemployment surging to 14.7 per cent.

U.S. President Donald Trump leaves the White House in Washington, D.C. December 18, 2019.

"I have to see", he told interviewer Chris Wallace.

"With Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history".

"Trump suggesting delaying the election (he can't do this w/o congressional approval) seems to be one of his more obvious attempts to change the subject given this morning's wretched GDP numbers", Kondik wrote on Twitter.

What he's saying: "I am frankly appalled by the president's recent tweet seeking to postpone the November election".

Many other Republicans have also dismissed the idea of delaying the elections and have pointed out that the United States has managed to keep to the "first Thursday in November every four years" schedule despite earthquakes, storms, a civil war and two world wars.

Watch above, via Fox News. Biden and other Democrats have said they've begun preparations to protect voters and the election.

Does mail-in voting lead to fraud? "We should have our election when it's scheduled in November, and I'm sure we will".