Trump’s demand for election-night results is risky

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Later on Thursday, Trump softened his suggestion, tweeting that Americans "Must know Election results on the night of the Election, not days, months, or even years later!"

"It will be a great embarrassment to the U.S.", he wrote.

Donald Trump has called for November's presidential election to be postponed, saying increased postal voting could lead to fraud and inaccurate results. Trump also said he would not trust the results of an election that included widespread mail voting - a measure that many election observers see as critical given the coronavirus pandemic. The suggestion was immediately criticised by leaders of the opposition Democratic Party.

Reeves said he opposes any plan to change the election date: "I don't personally think a delay in the election at this point in time is necessary".

Dr Smith said the US Constitution only gives that power to Congress, with both Democrats and Republicans firmly committed to the 3 November date.

"Election Day was fixed by a federal law passed in 1845, and the Constitution itself in the 20th Amendment specifies that the newly elected Congress meet at noon on January 3, 2021, and that the terms of the president and vice president end at noon on January 20, 2021".

Although the Trump campaign's national press secretary, Hogan Gidley, told Politico the president's tweet was "just raising a question about the chaos Democrats have created with their insistence on all mail-in voting" and was not calling for the November election to be delayed, the damage had been done.

Senator McConnell took issue with Mr Trump's comments because no USA presidential election had ever been delayed.

Texas Senator Ted Cruz also said to CNN: "Election fraud is a serious problem we need to stop it and fight it, but no the election should not be delayed".

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Election security experts say that all forms of voter fraud are rare, including absentee balloting.

Trump's remarks come as his government on Thursday posted a 32.9% contraction of the United States economy between April and June, the worst decline on record since 1947. Twenty-nine states do not require voters to provide an excuse to vote absentee.

"Congress sets the election date, and it should not be changed".

"Never in American history-not even during the Civil War and World War II-has there been a successful move to "Delay the Election" for President", said Beschloss, the author of ten books about American history. But this is the first time he ever raised the idea of pushing back the election.

"Universal mail-in voting invites chaos and severe delays in results, as proven by the NY congressional primary, where we still don't know who won after more than a month".

Trump has cast doubt on the legitimacy of mail-in ballots, which have been used in far greater numbers in primary elections amid the pandemic.

"Nobody who mails in a ballot has their identity confirmed", Miller said on Fox News.

"This is not to suggest that the November election will be 'rigged, ' as Mr. Trump asserts", the board adds. "If anything, mail-in voting actually creates a paper trail that makes it more reliable", he said.

"Even if the pandemic worsens in the U.S., delaying the election was not the solution", he said.

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