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President Donald Trump seemed to suggest on Wednesday that the November elections should be delayed due to uncertainty over “universal” mail-in balloting.

In a tweet, the president also hinted that the ongoing coronavirus pandemic might also justify delaying voting.

“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???

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1288818160389558273

At present, only five states feature mail-in voting exclusively, CBS News reported — Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Utah and Washington. So it’s not clear what Trump was referring to when he mentioned “universal mail-in voting,” unless it is part of the fourth coronavirus relief package Congress is currently working on.

In April as the House began working on early coronavirus relief packages, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) blasted Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Democrat leaders for exploiting the coronavirus pandemic to push for universal mail-in voting, which Trump has often warned would lead to widespread vote fraud.

But it’s not clear such a provision has been included in a current relief bill.

Regarding delaying the election, that seems nearly impossible given that the date is set in federal law and the Constitution, the latter of which empowers Congress to establish the “time, place and manner” of federal elections.

A March analysis by the Congressional Research Service noted that since 1845, Congress has “required states to appoint presidential electors on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November, which represents the date by which voters in every state must cast their ballot for president.”

In 2004, the CRS issued a report noting that “while the Executive Branch has significant delegated authority regarding some aspects of election law, this authority does not currently extend to setting or changing the times of elections.”

Additionally, the 20th Amendment makes clear that the terms for president and vice president expire at noon on January 20 after each four-year period.

Finally, because the House is controlled by Democrats and the Senate by Republicans, it isn’t likely any legislation altering the election date would pass.

Democrats and their allies have suggested for months that Trump would try to find some way to delay the November elections, either over coronavirus or his objections to mail-in balloting.

In April, for instance, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden claimed that Trump would try to delay the election, a suggestion that was widely mocked at the time.

“Mark my words, I think he is gonna try to kick back the election somehow, come up with some rationale why it can’t be held,” he said during a virtual fundraiser.

And in May, Left-wing filmmaker Michael Moore told MSNBC’s Ari Melber: “I can see, I think others can see what he is up to here. He is trying to do a number of things to make the election go in his favor, by rigging it, by trying to make it uncomfortable or uneasy or the virus still going on in November.”

“Every move he is making, whether it’s getting rid of the inspector generals so there is no watchdogs in the last six to nine months, whether it’s the business with the post office, whatever he is doing and whatever he is up to, suggesting maybe we postpone the election because of the virus, we must not postpone the election,” he added. “We must make it easy for every American to vote.”

Earlier this month, failed two-time presidential contender Hillary Clinton claimed Trump would not “go quietly” if he loses in November and would blame mail-in balloting.

Indeed, for weeks, the president has suggested that widespread mail-in voting — which is being considered by a growing number of state due to the continued presence of coronavirus — would create opportunities for election fraud.

But then, many instances involving problems with mail-in balloting including allegations of fraud have been reported throughout the coronavirus-plagued primary season already.

The Trump campaign claimed in a tweet that 68 percent of Americans are concerned that universal mail-in voting will lead to massive fraud.

Nevertheless, Leftists and Trump opponents lambasted the president over his tweet.

Democrats even fantasized about a President Pelosi should the electing be delayed:

https://twitter.com/LokayFOX5/status/1288827330476019712

But even that notion was quickly put to rest:

Jon Dougherty

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