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The US Federal Commission said Trump has no authority to postpone elections


The US Federal Commission said Trump has no authority to postpone elections
Earlier, the US president proposed to consider the possibility of postponing the US elections scheduled for November due to the pandemic.
US President Donald Trump has no authority to postpone federal elections. Ellen Weintraub, a member of the US Federal Election Commission, announced this on Thursday.

She commented on Trump 's initiative , which actually suggested several hours earlier to consider the possibility of postponing the US elections scheduled for November due to the pandemic.

"No, Mr. President. No. You don't have the power to move the election. Nor should it be moved. 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? " - wrote Weintraub on Twitter . The government agency in which she works is primarily responsible for compliance with campaign finance laws. In the past, Weintraub, a member of the US Democratic Party, has chaired the commission three times. Trump is a Republican.

As American experts and lawyers previously warned in connection with the pandemic, in reality the scenario of a potential postponement of the elections is practically impracticable. This would require a change in federal legislation governing the conduct of elections. The Presidential Election Day Act of 1845 states that voting takes place "on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November." Therefore, the postponement of the election date would require the approval of the relevant bill by the Senate and the House of Representatives of the US Congress and its signing by Trump. However, it is hardly an exaggeration to say that reaching a consensus on this key issue between Republican Trump and the opposition Democratic Party, which at this stage has a majority in the House of Representatives, is possible only as a last resort.

The matter is even more complicated with the cancellation of elections. The 20th Amendment to the US Constitution provides for the expiration of the presidency and vice president "at noon on January 20" (four years after taking office). That is, even if the elections were canceled, Trump and his vice president Michael Pence would lose their powers.

As the American experts state, all these norms are virtually impossible to violate.

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