MEMPHIS, Tenn. — For the first time in United States history, a sitting president suggested delaying an election.
President Donald Trump suggested it in a tweet.
The tweet reads:
“With universal mail-in voting (not absentee voting, which is good) that 2020 will be the most inaccurate and fraudulent election in history. Delay the election until people can properly, securely and safety vote???”
People in Downtown Memphis said COVID-19 has changed everything from business and jobs to school and education, but they said there’s a hope that it doesn’t change the election.
“I hope the Constitution would stop him from doing that,” said Matt Bing, Memphis resident. “The election should go as planned, I mean, it’s never been delayed.”
“I don’t know. I really don’t know. That’s a great question. I’m really hoping that not only the president but state and local officials can somehow find a way to really bring people together and get their rights to vote,” said Memphian Crew Jacobs.
The question raised other questions about how and when elections can be controlled in the country.
It would take a change in federal law that sets the date of federal elections for a delay to happen. It would require a bill passed by both houses of Congress and signed by the president, followed by a change in the constitution.
“We should not make that change. He’s trying to stay in. I think we should just gone make the vote happen,” said Memphian Ronald Thompson.
The law passed in 1846 said that an election will take place “on the Tuesday next after the first Monday in November, in every fourth year succeeding every election of a President and Vice President.”
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