The Evening Standard

Donald Trump’s call to delay presidential election rejected by top Republicans

July 31, 2020

Donald Trump's suggestion that November's presidential election should be delayed due to alleged fraud concerns has been rejected by a number of top Republicans.

 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy were among those to dismiss the idea from the US leader.

 

Republican president Mr Trump does not have the authority to postpone the election and any delay would need to be approved by Congress.

 

Earlier he suggested that increased postal voting could lead to fraud and inaccurate results, saying the election could be delayed until people could vote "properly, securely and safely”.

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