'The election will not be moved': Local lawmakers react to Trump's proposal to delay election

"I am confident Missourians will be able to vote safely, whether it is in person, or absentee," says Rep. Ann Wagner

Sam Masterson
July 30, 2020 - 1:44 pm
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Some local lawmakers are responding to President Donald Trump's tweet about possibly delaying the election. 

The president tweeted on Thursday morning: “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???”

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A statement from Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri: 

“The United States held elections during the Civil War, the 1918 pandemic, and World War II. There is no justification for changing the date of the upcoming November elections.”

Related: 5 reasons why Trump alone can't postpone the general election

In an email, Rep. Ann Wagner of Missouri says she believes in the integrity of our election system. She adds the election will not be moved, and our democracy will move forward with the election on November 3:

“I believe in the integrity of our election systems, and have worked with my colleagues in the House to add election strengthening funding to the CARES coronavirus law.  I have spoken directly to Governor Parson and Secretary of State Ashcroft, and I am confident Missourians will be able to vote safely, whether it is in person, or absentee.   The election will not be moved, and our democracy will move forward with the election on November 3rd.” 

Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth tweeted a quote from the constitution. saying: "The Congress may determine the Time of choosing the Electors, and the Day on which they shall give their Votes."

In a tweet, Trump proposed a "delay" in November's presidential election, as he continues to float claims that mail-in voting is linked with fraud.

Federal elections are set by the Congress and the Constitution has no provisions for a delay to the January 20, 2021, presidential inauguration.

KMOX's Brian Kelly contributed to this report.

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