Trump can’t delay elections. So why is he suggesting it?

Posted on AllSides July 31st, 2020

What’s happening: President Trump suggested Thursday that the upcoming presidential election may need to be delayed, citing unfounded claims that mail-in voting would lead to widespread voter fraud.

Simply put, the president has no power to change the date of the election. The Constitution gives Congress the right to “determine the time of choosing the electors, and the day on which they shall give their votes.” A federal law passed in 1845 established Election Day as the first Tuesday in November, unless the first Tuesday falls on Nov. 1. Under...

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