President Donald Trump on Thursday suggested delaying the United States election set for November 3, claiming without evidence that there would be fraud in mail-in voting and "embarrassment" to the country. Benson has said there is no evidence that widespread voter fraud is a result of mail-in voting, but expressed concern this week that election results could be delayed due to the surge in absentee ballots.
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"The election will proceed as planned on November 3rd despite Trump's never ending efforts to undermine our democracy", Padilla said. Federal law since 1845 has dictated that the general election be held the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November. To change that date would require an act of Congress, i.e. the Republican-controlled Senate and the Democratic-controlled House.
The attack comes as Mr Trump's poll numbers worsen against his Democratic presidential rival Joe Biden and the race narrows even in pro-Republican states like Texas that Democrats have not won since 1976. His claims that mail-in voting leads to more electoral fraud have not been substantiated.
Our guess? Trump is just trolling Democrats on the issue of mail-in voting ... albeit not very effectively. "Every American - Republican, Independent and Democrat - should be speaking out against this President's lawlessness and complete disregard of the Constitution".
When asked if Biden had considered what would happen if he wins but Trump refuses to leave the White House, Biden said "I'm absolutely convinced they will escort him from the White House with great dispatch".
He went on to suggest a delay in the election - something he can not legally do on his own.
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Dale Ho, director of the ACLU's Voting Rights Project, said the Constitution, not the president, sets the date for the election in November. In a recent interview with Chris Wallace, the president refused to say that he would accept the results of the election.
"We all should want - I know you do, too, Senator Kaine - want to make sure to have an election that everyone is confident in", Pompeo continued. For the August 4 primary, more than 300,000 voters have requested and received mail ballots.
In seven states with the most expansive policies - California, Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Utah, Vermont and Washington - all voters will automatically receive a ballot in the mail, and most of those states will even pay postage for sending it back.
The Republican House Minority leader Kevin McCarthy said the election should go forward despite any concerns by Trump.
Whitmer disagreed in her own statement, saying the president is "more focused on his chances in the 2020 election" than providing voters with a safer alternative to voting in person as the number of COVID-19 deaths surpasses 150,000 Americans.
"No, I'm not going to just say 'yes.' I'm not going to say 'no, ' and I didn't last time, either", Trump said.
"I think he is gonna try to kick back the election somehow, come up with some rationale why it can't be held", Mr. Biden said back then.
Tom Ridge, a Republican who previously served as the governor of Pennsylvania and was the nation's first secretary of Homeland Security, recently told ABC News, "There is absolutely no antecedent, no factual basis for [President Trump's] claim of massive fraud in mail voting".