FEC Commissioner To Trump: ‘No. You Don’t Have The Power To Move The Election’
Federal Elections Commission (FEC) Commissioner Ellen Weintraub responded to President Donald Trump’s Thursday tweet about potentially delaying the November election by flatly stating that he lacks the power to do so, according to The Hill.
- Weintraub said via tweet: “No, Mr. President. No. You don't have the power to move the election. Nor should it be moved."
- She added: “States and localities are asking you and Congress for funds so they can properly run the safe and secure elections all Americans want. Why don't you work on that?”
- Trump floated the idea of delaying the election while spreading “unsubstantiated claims that the wider use of mail-in voting due to the coronavirus pandemic would result in the most ‘INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history.’"
- The president wrote, "Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???"
- Lacking in authority to change the election date, Trump would need support from Congress to delay the vote, though The Hill noted that neither Democrats nor Republicans appeared ready to consider the proposition.
- The Hill also noted that “Weintraub, who formerly served as the FEC chairwoman, rebutted many of the president's claims in an expansive, 60-plus tweet thread in late May focused on how mail-in voting is conducted throughout the nation.”
- According to the report, Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Utah and Washington all “currently hold elections almost entirely by mail,” and “33 states and the District of Columbia give voters the option.”