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Trump Has No Legal Authority to Delay US November Elections

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Time and again, Trump tweets without thinking.

On Thursday, he claimed that US November 3 elections "will be the most inaccurate & fraudulent"in history (sic)," adding:

"Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote (sic)???"

Trump objects to mail-in voting other than by absentee ballots.

No evidence suggests this method would be "inaccurate & fraudulent."

It would likely be more reliable than easily manipulated corporate electronic voting machines.

In response to Trump's tweet, ACLU Voting Rights Project director Dale Ho said the following:

"This is America (True). We are a democracy (False), not a dictatorship" - False based on US police state rule that's heading toward full-blown tyranny if abandonment of the rule of law discards it altogether ahead.

Ho explained that "(t)he Constitution empowers Congress to set the date of the election, and Congress set that date for November."

"Nothing President Trump says, does, or tweets can change that fact."

By law, US federal elections occur on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November - every two years for House and one-third of Senate members, every four years for president.

Trump's term expires on January 20, 2021. Nothing he says or does can change it legally.

Weeks earlier, he failed to publicly agree to accept November election results when asked, on Fox News Sunday, saying:

"I have to see. Look"I have to see"I'm not going to just say yes. I'm not going to say no," adding:

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