Trump Suggests Delaying November Election, Citing Voter Fraud Concerns

Headline Roundup July 30th, 2020

President Donald Trump suggested Thursday that the November election should be delayed, arguing that voting by mail poses a grave risk to election security.

Coverage from many left-rated outlets cited the 20th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which gives Congress the power to delay an election or fill a void if a president or vice president fail to qualify. Some speculated that this role could be temporarily filled by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) if needed; Pelosi is also on the ballot, but only in her district. Many left-rated voices and some right-rated voices were critical of the suggestion; coverage on both sides explored the president's potential power to delay the election, with coverage from left-rated outlets generally framing Trump's comments as ignorant.

Trump Suggests Delaying November Election, Citing Voter Fraud Concerns

From the Left
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President Donald Trump has, for the first time, publicly suggested delaying November’s presidential election—an unprecedented measure which is beyond the powers of the president.

In his latest tweet pushing his entirely unproven pet theory that mail-in ballots somehow make elections more susceptible to voter fraud, Trump wrote that holding the election during the raging pandemic would be dangerous and mulled whether it would be best to “Delay the Election until people can vote properly, securely and safely.”

Despite his posturing, Trump has absolutely no legal power to follow through on...

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From the Center
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WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump on Thursday raised the prospect of delaying the November election because of the COVID-19 pandemic, though the president lacks the legal authority to delay elections on his own.

The idea drew bipartisan alarm and election experts noted a president does not have the power to change the date of an election. Others suggested Trump is seeking to sow doubt about the election results or distract from a new government report that found a historic contraction in the nation's economy.

Trump broached the subject...

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From the Right
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President Trump suggested Thursday that the November election should be delayed due to “fraudulent” expanded mail-in voting and the coronavirus pandemic.

“With Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history,” the president tweeted. “It will be a great embarrassment to the USA. Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???”

The presidential election is fixed by law and could only be delayed by Congress changing the law. The Constitution decrees that the incumbent president’s term...

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