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Republican lawmakers reject Trump’s suggestion to delay elections

Trump, seeking to already undermine the results of an election he could lose, demanded the victor of the November 3 contest be known that night.

It is preposterous of a US President to even think he can toy with an idea of upsetting an 1845 law that fixed quadrennial Election Day as the Tuesday next after the first Monday in the month of November. State election officials in some key battleground states have warned it might take days to count the votes given what they expect will be a surge of ballots sent by mail.

Mail voting has been one of Trump's common attacks in the last couple of weeks on Twitter, saying it'll be a "disaster" and a "rigged election" several times over.

Whilst, Kevin McCarthy, House Republican Leader made it clear that "never in the history of the federal elections have we ever not held an election and we should go forward with our election".

"Never in the history of the Congress, through wars, depressions and Civil War have we ever not had a federally scheduled election on time, and we'll find a way to do that again this November 3".

Following his explosive tweet that suggested the delaying of the November election, Trump warned that allowing mail-in voting could prevent the determination of a decisive victor for "days", "weeks", even "months".

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"We are happy to let you know if this changes, but we are working within the parameters set before us by state and local guidelines regarding the number of people who can attend events", the convention spokesperson told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

While each state runs its own process, those mail ballots can take longer to count.

Miller criticized efforts by states including Nevada for moving toward expanding mail-in balloting during emergencies like the coronavirus epidemic, as well as other states that will count ballots postmarked November 3 that arrive after Election Day.

But on Friday, July 31, Trump doubled down on his position, insisting the likelihood of voter fraud would increase if vote-by-mail replaced in-person voting.

"With Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history". The issue of fake ballots is an issue that they don't raise, according to multiple sources familiar with the ongoing briefings.

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