On Thursday, Donald Trump somehow got it in his head that he could propose to just change Election Day until a time that works better for him, which is when Democrats will agree that it’s safe for voters to head to the polls. Visions of an even slower response to the pandemic to keep Trump in office as long as possible instantly caused chill bumps to rise on the skins of voters everywhere, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi stepped in to put an end to the nonsense.
Donald Trump cannot change the date of the November elections. He doesn’t have the authority granted to him by the U.S. Constitution to do that, although it was inevitable that he would publicly demand the right to do so. Fortunately, only Congress can make that decision, and it’s unlikely that a Democrat-controlled House of Representatives would ever allow such a vote to pass.
The country has 96 more days to create a plan to make mail-in voting easier and more efficient to tabulate. One of the primary criticisms, outside of Trump’s conspiracy theories about the dangers of mail-in voting compared to absentee voting although they are the exact same thing, is that counting mail-in votes takes longer and results may take some time after Election Day to announce. It is up to the U.S. government to determine the best way to make voting accessible and efficient, but what they cannot do, and what Trump himself cannot be allowed to do, is determine that it’s just too much trouble to ensure that every American has the opportunity to cast a ballot and to do so safely.
Twitter was thrilled to learn about the constitutional protections against another of Trump’s dictatorial ideas. Read some of their comments below:
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