President Trump Suggests Delaying the Election “Until Vote Can Be Safe”

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President Trump suggested delaying the 2020 presidential election this morning, until votes can be cast safely and accurately.

“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???” the President wrote on Twitter.

Democrats have been pushing mail-in voting as possible recourse to voting in-person because of concerns about Covid19. But concerns about the integrity of elections with significant levels of mail-in voting remain.

Last month a municipal election in Paterson, NJ, saw 19% of roughly 14,000 ballots disqualified because of alleged voter fraud.

Paterson held the election through mail-in voting because of Covid19.

Also last month, the President tweeted that mail in ballots are susceptible to forgery. Two days later, the Department of Justice announced a mail carrier in West Virginia was being charged with attempted election fraud by forging mail-in ballots.

And a poll conducted in late June by The Hill – HarrisX found that 68% of registered voters were either “somewhat or very concerned about the possibility of tampering with mail-in ballots.”

Still, the U.S. president does not have the authority to unilaterally change the date of the election – only Congress does. And that idea had cold water thrown on it quickly by Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL), the ranking member of the Committee on House Administration, which has oversight over election administration in the House.

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