She wrote in an email to reporters, "Only Congress can change the date of our elections" and Congress will not consider it. They will have to consider whether voting to delay the election might harm their own chances. The government reported that the US economy shrank at a dizzying 32.9 per cent annual rate in the April-June quarter, by far the worst quarterly plunge ever, as the coronavirus outbreak shut down businesses, has thrown tens of millions out of work and sent unemployment surging to 14.7 per cent.
An average poll of polls by fivethirtyeight.com puts Biden on 50%, with Trump lagging behind on 41.7%.
And Trump trails in the polls, nationally and across battleground states, and some surveys even suggest traditionally Republican-leaning states could be in play. But the USA media insisted that he was doing so because he was afraid of his poor ratings in recent opinion polls.
In the last 10 days, Trump has moved from scripted soberness about the virus to saying much of the country is corona-free and governors must keep reopening their states. That could change, of course - but it will weigh on lawmakers' minds.
De Blasio called Trump's suggestion "an assault on our democracy" that "cannot stand", saying that the election needed to proceed November 3 as planned.
"Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???" he tweeted. McConnell told a Kentucky television station, "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".
Wyoming Sen. Tom Barrasso, a Republican, did pour cold water on Trump's suggestion in a televised interview.
If Trump tries to declare "martial law", University of Kentucky election law expert Josh Douglas wrote, "even that would likely not give him power to postpone election or delay end of his term on January 20, 2021". Then, Condos said, people will have the option to mail in their ballots, drop them at the town clerk's officer during the early voting period, or show up at the polls on November 3.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, both Republicans, said the election should take place as scheduled.
Political analysts saw the comment as a sign of desperation. "A person who is in a strong position would never, never, suggest anything like that".
"If you actually go under the hood and look at the fundamentals, this election is actually very different than 2016", he said.
The president oftentimes makes threats or claims powers he does not have, only to back down after a flurry of media coverage.
The idea was immediately rejected by both Democrats and Republicans in the Congress while critics and even Trump's allies called it an attempt to distract from devastating economic news.
Another Republican senator, Lindsay Graham, who is an ally of Trump, also said postponing the election was not "a good idea". "They send it to you".
The movement for mail in ballots has been growing, as part of an effort to making voting easier particularly as a result of the spread of coronavirus across the country. "In most states, however, vote by mail is through absentee balloting in which the voter must request an absentee ballot".
Earlier this month, six U.S. states were planning to hold "all-mail" ballot elections this November: California, Utah, Hawaii, Colorado, Oregon and Washington. Under the Electoral College, electors under federal law would have to vote in mid-December, and Congress would have to convene in January to determine the presidential election victor.
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