July 31, 2020

Election Integrity

On Thursday, President Donald Trump tweeted, “With Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history. It will be a great embarrassment to the USA. Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???” Twitter

Later on Thursday, Trump “said he did not want to postpone the vote, but remained concerned that millions of mail-in ballots would cause problems.” Reuters

Both sides oppose delaying the election:

Trump does not have the right or the authority to delay November’s election. Only the states and Congress have the power to delay the election process and only if an extreme circumstance demands it. But America has faced many such extreme circumstances in the past and has not once delayed a presidential election. And we will not do so now just because Trump dislikes mail-in voting.”
Kaylee McGhee, Washington Examiner

“We did not delay elections when the future of the nation was at stake during the Civil War and World War II. We did not delay the election in 1968 when urban riots were the norm, when the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy were assassinated, and when the Democratic National Convention broke down amid an anti-war riot outside the event that Chicago police brutally suppressed with tear gas and billy clubs. There is no need to even suggest delaying today, when most Americans can move freely and with three months to go before Election Day.”
Henry Olsen, Washington Post

“In June 1812, President James Madison declared war on Great Britain, precipitating the War of 1812… With the nation divided and under attack, Madison might easily have considered postponing that year's election. Instead, he won a second term, kept the union together and negotiated an end to hostilities… Less than half a century later, Abraham Lincoln faced an even more grievous threat to the union…

“Then came the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918, which killed some 50 million people worldwide, including 675,000 Americans. It was one of the most disruptive disasters in modern history, forcing the closure of churches, schools, amusements and even federal courts -- but not voting booths… Our country has seen worse and always had the fortitude and democratic idealism to carry on. November 3 is the gold-stamped day. The race for the White House has begun.”
Douglas Brinkley, CNN

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