Trump suggests delaying election over unsubstantiated claims about vote-by-mail

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Now he has struck a boundary.

Trump does not have the power to unilaterally push back the date of the November 3 election; only Congress holds that authority under the Constitution.

Both the National Association of State Election Directors and the National Association of Secretaries of State told VOA on Thursday that they are unaware of any developments that could have an impact on the security of this year's election.

"I would quickly delete this tweet", if he were president, Fleischer said. We still are a country based on the rule of law.

Election officials, civil rights groups and historians also are criticizing the president's suggestion.

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"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. Trump said on Twitter, referring to mail-in balloting that could take a longer time to tally votes.

The president, however, said that he totally supports absentee voting, despite that voting pundits have said the verification process is the same for absentee and mail-in ballots, and many states even consider them to be the same thing. At the same time, many Republican leaders are struggling under the weight of health, economic and social crises that the Trump administration has failed to contain.

"Nobody who mails in a ballot has their identity confirmed", Miller said on Fox News. Pompeo was questioned by Democratic Senator Tim Kaine.

"This way we can do it immediately, as opposed to waiting for this very dysfunctional and, I'd say, broken Legislature to somehow find religion in the coming months that they've never found", he said. Trump floated the idea Thursday morning at a time when almost all polls project he will lose against Joe Biden in November.

After voting for President Trump in 2016 and staunchly defending him in conservative publications, a Federalist Society leader appears to be having some very public buyer's remorse.

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What is more likely to be delayed is the result. Indulging that expectation is irresponsible - and plays into Trump's hands. Pelosi, as the Speaker of the House of Representatives, would be the person to take the reigns from Trump on January 20, 2021, unless the delayed election was held by that time. The presidential election date in the USA statutorily is set as "the Tuesday next after the first Monday in the month of November" equalling "the first Tuesday after November 1". The date is set by Congress under the Constitution. Later in the day, Trump walked back on his suggestion. Instead, he repeatedly cited the prospect of voter fraud, which is virtually nonexistent in US politics.

"Do I want to see a date change?"

Republican Senator Marco Rubio of Florida said to CNN: "I wish he hadn't said that, but it's not going to change: We are going to have an election in November and people should have confidence in it".

A few months ago, Democratic presidential challenger and former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden had claimed that Trump would attempt to delay the election.

Mr McCarthy, while defending Mr Trump's comments on voter fraud, also dismissed calls to delay the election. "I can only speak for New Hampshire, and we have a great system".

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