Jul 31, 2020
President Donald recently tweeted a highly criticized suggestion to delay the 2020 US presidential elections, due to public health concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic. Trump suggested that a delay could take place until people could vote “properly, securely and safely”.
With Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history. It will be a great embarrassment to the USA. Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 30, 2020
Trump criticized postal voting, suggesting it will make the voting process subject to foreign interference, saying that ‘mail-in’ ballots will lead to “the most corrupt election” in US history and “inaccurate and fraudulent” results. The President’s suggestion was to delay the November election, despite him not having the authority to do that himself, under the US constitution.
US Senators opposed this proposal, with Kentucky senator Mitch McConnell, stating that, “Never in the history of this country, through wars, depressions and the Civil War, have we ever not had a federally scheduled election on time. We will find a way to do that again this November third,” Mail-in ballots were used in June, in New York to vote for the Democratic party’s presidential candidate. Unfortunately, that caused long delays and the results are still undetermined.
President Trump cannot delay the date of the election, any change would need to be approved by the Senate and the House of Representatives. Regardless of the delay, Donald Trump’s term expires on 20th January 2021, one way or another. If an election has not happened before the inauguration day, then the next in the presidential line of succession will be eligible for the presidency.
Previous US president Barrack Obama commented, “We may no longer have to guess the number of jelly beans in a jar to cast a ballot, but even as we sit here there are those in power that are doing their darnedest to discourage people from voting,”. Obama warned that Donald Trump’s actions could threaten US democracy. See Obama’s speech at John Lewis’ funeral, here.