Can US election be postponed

As per the U.S. Constitution, the election timing is decided by Congress.

Can the President of the U.S. decide election timings? A new controversy arose when U.S. President Donald Trump suggested that elections be delayed because of the on-going COVID-19 situation.

As tweeted by President Donald Trump – “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???” 

With this tweet, Mr. Trump suggests that elections should be postponed. But as per U.S. Consitution, a President does not have the power to decide election timings. It is the constitution. 

 As per the federal law – “That the electors of President and Vice President shall be appointed in each State on the Tuesday next after the first Monday in the month of November of the year in which they are to be appointed,” 

A law can only be changed by passing a new law, with the mutual consent of both the House of Representatives and the Senate.

It looks like Senior leaders of both parties have dismissed the President’s suggestion to postpone the election. 

Mitch McConnell- “We’ll cope with whatever the situation is and have the election on November 3 as already scheduled.”

What if elections are delayed?

There is a little chance of postponing elections, and even if it does happen, it will not help Mr. Trump continue in the White House beyond his terms the last date, that is, January 20, 2021.

Americans can vote by mail, so the coronavirus crisis does not seem to be a big hurdle in U.S. elections. The ballot arrives in email for registered voters, and voters will choose cast their choice of candidate and send the ballot back by email.