President Donald Trump suggested delaying the 2020 election in a tweet Thursday, bringing his attack on mail-in voting to a crescendo and confirming the fears of those who have expressed concern that he may refuse to leave office.
Five more states - California, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey and Vermont - are set to join in this year, and around 17 states are going to send mail-in voting applications to every registered voter. "Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???" he added.
Ever since the novel coronavirus pandemic has reached the United States, many have pushed for the expanded use of postal ballots as opposed to in-person voting to ensure social distancing, a critical measure adopted around the world to halt the outbreak.
While states have the authority to delay their primary elections, only Congress, under the Constitution, can change the date of the general election for president.
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Trump has trailed his Democratic rival, former Vice President Joe Biden, in recent polls and is seen as needing to make up ground against him in states considered key to this year's race, including MI and Pennsylvania.
"I have to see", he told interviewer Chris Wallace.
Last month, Trump told supporters in Arizona that "This will be, in my opinion, the most corrupt election in the history of our country". "No, I'm not going to just say 'yes.' I'm not going to say 'no, ' and I didn't last time, either".
Newsweek reached out to the White House and the Trump campaign for comment, but did not receive a response by the time of publication.
"Mark my words: I think he is gonna try to kick back the election somehow, come up with some rationale why it can't be held", Biden said at a virtual fundraiser in April, according to a pool report. "I've never looked into it".
"President Trump has been clear that the election will happen on November 3rd", Mr. Murtaugh said. To apply to vote absentee by mail, visit vote.elections.virginia.gov/VoterInformation/Lookup/absentee. -La., asked Barr at the hearing whether a sitting USA president could move the election date.