Trump suggests delaying 2020 election, a power designated to Congress

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Some critical observers wondered whether Trump's tweet was an effort to stir up controversy or distract the media on the same day that data released from the Commerce Department showed the USA economy suffered its largest contraction in the country's history last quarter.

In a tweet tonight, Mr Trump said "universal mail-in voting" would make the vote the "most inaccurate and fraudulent election in history".

"It will be a great embarrassment to the U.S.", he wrote.

"We may not know on election night the balance of the House of Representatives or the Senate or the presidency, but we will not delay the election", Barrasso said at another point.

The president does not have the power to delay the election, (the Tuesday after the first Monday in November in every fourth year), which is to be held November 3rd, 2020.

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Polls indicate Trump is significantly trailing the presumptive Democratic Party nominee Joe Biden in key battleground states. Among them? Strict deadlines regarding the receipt of mail-in applications (and ballots) as well as signed forms from applicants acknowledging that any manipulation of the documents constitutes both election fraud and mail fraud. Steineke has also criticized Trump for not encouraging mail-in voting for Republicans.

"All of the supervisors of elections have been planning for this for a time, the Secretary of State's been planning for this for a long time", DeSantis said. "Donald Trump is very clearly trying to distract attention from today's devastating GDP numbers because the decimation of our economy is the fault of his failed response to the Covid-19 pandemic".

Balter, a Syracuse Democrat, said the timing of Trump's tweet is no coincidence.

It's the latest in a series of statements, without evidence, by Trump's campaign and administration contending that mail-in voting during the coronavirus pandemic could lead to massive voter fraud.

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"Well never in the history of the country through wars, depressions and the Civil War have we ever not had a federally scheduled election on time".

Trump's own coronavirus-skeptic base is yearning for in-person voting, even though the President and several of his family members and aides have all used mail-in voting in the past.

States could postpone the dates their residents hit the polls, but they must send in their electoral votes by December 23, according to the U.S. Constitution Center. Trump's pledge to rollback an Obama-era effort to eliminate racial disparities in America's suburbs is drawing harsh criticism from fair housing advocates, who call it a blatant attempt at racial politics and an appeal to white votes before the November election.

Kansas has allowed voters to cast ballots by mail for any reason since 1996 and in each presidential election since then the state has gone to the Republican. News report on Thursday, Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania now do not allow for election officials to start processing early ballots until Election Day. You've got barcodes on most mail ballots that make sure that the people sending it in are actually the people who requested them. "No, I'm not going to just say yes".

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"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 fundraiser in April.

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