United States President Donald Trump has proposed this Thursday to delay the November presidential election. All the polls show him behind the Democratic candidate, Joe Biden, in several key states.
Trump has suggested it through his Twitter account, positioning himself against voting by mail. “Universal vote by mail (not absentee ballot, which is good), the 2020 elections will be the most imprecise and fraudulent in history. They will be embarrassing for the United States. Should we delay the elections until people can vote safely and adequately? “he wrote.
The coronavirus crisis has prompted several states in the United States to consider facilitating voting by mail, due to contagion and public health concerns.
This month, six US states were planning to hold the elections exclusively by mail in November: California, Utah, Hawaii, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington. These states will automatically send the ballots to all registered voters, which must then be returned or turned in on Election Day.
Trump has always been very critical of voting by mail, saying that he encouraged “fraud” and that it could be the case of “having a person in the living room of a house signing uncontrolled ballots .”
Despite his suggestion, federal election dates are set by Congress, and the Constitution does not foresee a delay for the inauguration on January 20. Any such measure would require a change in federal law, which means it would have to go through Democrats, who are in the majority in the House of Representatives and the Republican-controlled Senate.
The tweet comes amid polls suggesting the president lags Democrat Joe Biden less than 100 days from the vote.