The U. S President's idea to delay the scheduled presidential election drew backlash from the Republican officials in Congress after raising his concern on the legitimacy of the mail-in voting.
Watch out for a typical Trump trick:— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) July 31, 2020
He’ll pretend to seek a delayed election and, when that fails, he’ll claim the undelayed Nov 3 election failed to make a choice, thus triggering state legislatures’ power under 3 USC §2 to name their own electors. https://t.co/RpCzMs2XHC
On Thursday, Trump tweeted that absentee voting is “good” and made strong claims about mail-in voting to be fraudulent and inaccurate prompting him to suggest delaying the scheduled presidential election.
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???— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 30, 2020
The GOP officials disagree with this statement of the Republican president. The federal law sets the date of the presidential election and changing it would require an act from Congress, meaning Trump has no legal authority of his own to make such a move. The constitution gives the power to congress to set the time, place, and manner. Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee told reporters on Capitol Hill that election will be held on scheduled and that is on the 3rd of November. He added that during wars, depressions, and even during civil unrest there was never postponement on elections. Republican Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa said in an interview that the country is based on the rule of law until we change the law, nobody is going to change anything.
On the other hand, Election security experts say that the president has a false distinction between “absentee” and “mail-in” voting. Experts noted that the same verification and safeguards are applied to both forms of voting. A former Director of election and CEO of the National Vote at Home Institute in an interview said that it's fundamentally the same thing, regardless of whether or not it’s an absentee ballot or vote-by-mail ballot.
A university law professor in Florida said, through a local news outlet, that Trump is trying to create uncertainty about the outcome of the November election by making a false distinction on these matters. In his opinion, it is his way of having people question the outcome if he loses.
We are going to WIN the 2020 Election, BIG! #MAGA— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 30, 2020