For the past week or so, it has been rumored that the presidential election, set to be held on November 3 of this year, will somehow be delayed or canceled due to the spreading Coronavirus.
Some of the first mentions of this were by Democratic presidential candidate and assumed nominee Joe Biden. He said at a campaign fundraiser event on April 23, “Mark my words, I think he (Trump) is gonna try to kick back the election somehow, come up with some rationale why it can’t be held.”
Apparently, Biden believes this is the “only way he thinks he can possibly win.” So “He’s going to do all he can do to make it very hard for people to vote.” The former vice president even hammered on about there being another “attempt to interfere” by the Russians.
However, since then, former Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders has also mentioned this rumored possibility as part of his response to the state of New York canceling their Democratic primaries this week.
His campaign wrote, “Just last week Vice President Biden warned the American people that President Trump could use the current crisis as an excuse to postpone the November election. Well, he now has a precedent thanks to New York state.”
Now before you start getting worried about this actually happening, let me just assure it that it can’t.
First of all, the president does not have that kind of power or authority. The date of the presidential election is part of the constitution, something the president cannot simply override. It would take an act of Congress to change the date of the vote.
And seeing as how divided the houses are, it’s highly unlikely that in just a few short months, both parties would be able to agree on it.
But even if they did, the end of Trump’s term as president ends on January 20 anyway. So the election could only be postponed for no more than two months or risk the nation not having a president or vice president at all.
Then again, that could be part of the plan.
You see, as much as Biden and Sanders both have purported that delaying the election would be a bad thing, it turns out that much of their party actually thinks it would be best.
According to a Zogby poll, the majority of voters who agree in putting the election off until the Coronavirus has finished it’s course are actually Democrats.
“Nearly 60% of likely voters at least somewhat agreed (30% strongly agreed/29% somewhat agreed) the 2020 presidential election should be suspended if the coronavirus pandemic gets worse between now and November, while 41% at least somewhat disagreed (25% strongly disagreed/16% somewhat disagreed). A majority of almost every sub-group surveyed at least somewhat agreed with this notion, including Democrats (53% at least somewhat agreed/47% at least somewhat disagreed).”
Furthermore, the poll noted that the sub-groups that agreed most with delaying the election were those from large cities, Catholics, those with college degrees, and minorities, all of which tend to be Democrats.
Now some from the left might honestly want to delay until a later date because of health concerns. However, there might be more politics at play here than anything else.
As you know, there have been sexual assault allegations recently made against the only remaining Democrat candidate, which obviously shouldn’t sit well with voters. On top of that is the high likelihood that the presumed nominee lacks some very essential mental faculties if he is to efficiently act as President of the United States. Even one of these issues, let alone both, leave many on the left feeling a sense of regret that someone else was not chosen.
However, if they could find a way to delay the election, they just might have time to find a suitable replacement before January. Or as I hinted at above, if January comes and no president is in place, the Speaker of the House assumes temporary control. And we all know how damaging that could be.
Then again, as the case for delaying the election in the first place is nearly impossible, so too is anyone coming in at the last minute and thinking they can beat Trump.