The President published a tweet this morning with a soft mention of potentially delaying the 2020 Presidential election. Like clockwork, the collective mainstream media recoiled and firmly insisted elections go forth as planned. This election season has been especially contentions because of lockdown orders in many states across the country. Democratic speakers have been trying to institute mail-in voting while the rest of the country remains concerned over election security.
Democrat leaders and various Republicans responded saying the elections should not be moved. It seems that Washington DC is suddenly unified on going forward with the standard election schedule. The firm timeline puts added pressure onto the Biden campaign to pick a Vice Presidential candidate. Three debates are now a green light despite problems with venues.
The issue was raised on Tuesday while Attorney General Bill Barr was being questioned on capital hill. Cedric Richmond, a representative from Louisiana asked if the President could move the election date. Barr replied saying he has never been asked about that and has never looked into it. This question stands out now that two days later the President has made this statement, indicating some prior knowledge among Democrats.
This year several states have made drastic changes to their election processes without approval. Under the guise of the coronavirus pandemic several states have sent out absentee ballot applications to registered voters. In the state of Michigan many dead voters, people who had moved, or non-citizens found ballot applications in their mailboxes.
A recent lawsuit in Michigan forced the state to remove invalid entries from it’s voter rolls. More than 7,000 voters were removed and another 16,465 were highlighted for reviews. A Democrat clerk in the state is facing 6 felonies related to election fraud.
Mail in voting has been being pushed by some parties in the wake of coronavirus. Despite massive protests and large riots some claim it’s too dangerous to go to the voting booth. President Trump has been a vocal critic of mail-in voting. In a recent press conference the President asked about the possibility of foreign actors printing perfect replicas of our ballots.
Actual law about moving elections is unclear. It’s never happened in American history but there are circumstances under which it’s possible that a tough decision of actually moving it. However there is a Presidential Directive for the situation. If some emergency forced an election to be delayed Presidential Directive NSPD 51 and HSDP-20 were drawn up for jut that occasion.
NSPD051 and HSDP-20 are written as methods of “Continuity of Government” which is designed to keep the country functioning in the case of an emergency or some large attack. The plans were drawn up long ago in the times of the cold war. The directives themselves were released publicly in 2007. The entire scope and goal of these directives is to keep Government functioning so things can operate as normally as possible.
The documents are mostly unclear about elections themselves but grants power uphill depending on what Departments are operational. It’s very unlikely that moving elections would be acceptable under any circumstances other than a congressional vote. Only under incredible duress where Government is failing to function would moving an election be approachable.