The COVID-19 pandemic has sickened nearly four and a half million Americans and killed over 151,000 people in the U.S., according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Due to the alarming numbers, PresidentDonald Trumpsuggested Thursday that Election Day should be moved.
Citing public health and safety concerns along with a staunch disagreement of mail-in ballots, President Trump tweeted, “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???”
Later, the president told reporters, “”I don’t want to delay. I want to have the election. But I also don’t want to have to wait for three months and then find out that the ballots are all missing and the election doesn’t mean anything.”
Experts say mail-in voting fraud is extremely rare. Others have stated that the president doesn’t have the authority to change election dates, as stated in the Constitution.
The idea of moving Election Day was also scoffed at by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who said Americans have voted through other crises just fine. “Well never in the history of the country through wars, depressions and the Civil War have we ever not had a federally scheduled election on time. And we’ll find a way to do that again this November 3,” He told WNKY on Thursday.
President Trump has since switched gears, saying that election results should be in that night, “not days, months, or even years later!”