The government reported that the USA economy shrank at a dizzying 32.9 per cent annual rate in the April-June quarter, by far the worst quarterly plunge ever, as the coronavirus outbreak shut down businesses, has thrown tens of millions out of work and sent unemployment surging to 14.7 per cent.
"His claims about mail-in voting have been debunked time and time again and this tweet only serves to undermine people's faith in our elections", Davids said in a statement.
"We may not know on election night the balance of the House of Representatives or the Senate or the presidency, but we will not delay the election", Barrasso said at another point. Federal law since 1845 has dictated that the general election be held the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November. Any change to those laws will require a vote by the House of Representatives now controlled by Democratic majority.
Trump has cast doubt on the legitimacy of mail-in ballots, which have been used in far greater numbers in primary elections amid the pandemic. Five states already rely exclusively on mail-in ballots, and they say they have necessary safeguards in place to ensure that a hostile foreign actor doesn't disrupt the vote. "Every American-Republican, Independent and Democrat-should be speaking out against this President's lawlessness and complete disregard of the Constitution", said U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Flint. Trump has also cited a local election in Paterson, New Jersey, to support his concerns; local officials say there were unique circumstances unlikely to occur on a national scale.
The president, who is significantly down in the polls, clearly does not want the election to be held in November, and it's hard not to interpret his tweet as a blatant, if desperate, attempt to stay in office past the end of his term. "The election is going to happen in November, period".
Meanwhile, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio said, emphatically, that Election Day won't be delayed.
"A president can not delay an election", said Kaine.
All states allow at least a portion of the population to vote by mail. But a blatant attempt by Trump to deny election results would nearly certainly be rejected, even by a court with a majority of its justices appointed by Republican presidents.
"It is a fact that mail-in voting is safe, secure, and reliable", Balter said.
Others have pointed to numerous potential problems with mail-in voting based on the results of past elections, from votes being "lost by mail" to ballots being rejected for arriving late by no fault of the voter.
Mr. Barr told House Democrats that he's not aware of a remedy for the president to contest the election results if he were the clear loser in vote totals.
"This is America. We are a democracy, not a dictatorship", said Dale Ho, director of the voting rights project of the American Civil Liberties Union.
"Senator, I'm not going to enter a legal judgment on the fly this morning", replied Pompeo.
Critics of postal voting argue that people could vote a few times via absentee ballots and in person.