(Washington, D.C.) President Donald Trump on Thursday on Twitter has called in to question delaying the presidential election coming up in October for the sake of people’s safety.
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 date of the election is decided by Congress. It is very unlikely that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who has supported mail-in voting efforts this year, would agree to such a measure. Federal Election Commission head Ellen Weintraub dismissed the proposal.
Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution states:
“The Congress may determine the Time of choosing the Electors, and the Day on which they shall give their Votes; which Day shall be the same throughout the United States.” https://t.co/NIaa7mQVnn
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) July 30, 2020
Potentially, if the elections are delayed past January 21st and a new President has not been elected, Pelosi, as current Speaker of the House, would become the President.