Trump floats idea of delaying the November election, a power granted to Congress, as he ramps up attacks on voting by mail

July 30, 2020 in News by RBN Staff

Source:  msn

John Wagner  

President Trump on Thursday floated the prospect of delaying the November election, as he ramped up his attacks on mail-in voting, claiming without evidence that its widespread use would be a “catastrophic disaster” that could lead to fraudulent results.

“With Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history,” Trump tweeted. “It will be a great embarrassment to the USA. Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???”

The U.S. Constitution gives the power to regulate the “time, place and manner” of elections to the U.S. House and Senate, with Congress also empowered to alter the rules. Nowhere is the president granted such power.

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In addition, the Constitution spells out a hard end to a president’s term on Jan. 20 in the year following a presidential election.

As more states have turned to mail-in voting in response the pandemic, Trump has repeatedly sought to undermine the method, often with unsubstantiated claims. He has attacked mail voting nearly 70 times since late March in interviews, remarks and tweets, including at least 17 times this month, according to a tally by The Washington Post.

Trump has also argued that mail-in voting tends to hurt Republicans at the ballot box.

Amy Gardner and Elise Viebeck contributed to this report.

a man wearing a suit and tie: President Trump stops to talk to reporters as he walks to board Marine One and depart from the South Lawn at the White House on Wednesday.© Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post President Trump stops to talk to reporters as he walks to board Marine One and depart from the South Lawn at the White House on Wednesday.

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