What date is the 2020 US election and can Trump postpone it?
Elections will be held on Tuesday, November 3.
Donald Trump delayed it, in a tweet that suggested a change in the rules that would make it easier for voters to vote for us and that many state postal ballots could be a “rigged election.”
Mr. Trump has argued that mail-in voting is more open to fraud despite having used it himself in the past. Most election experts have questioned whether it is possible to create widespread fraud through post-vote, as Mr. Trump has claimed, but noted that the expected increase in postal voting could cause problems.
The date of the election is not written in the US Constitution, so technically delays are possible, but the Constitution outlines the inauguration date of the newly elected President in January.
The power to change the date of the election, however, rests with the US Congress, and Democrats hold a majority in one chamber, the House of Representatives, which makes the possibility of a delay approving absolutely impossible.
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In short the US election
American presidential elections are always held on Tuesdays after the first Monday in November.
Americans vote for people in their state known as “electors” who support a candidate who wants to be president – a process called electoral college.
The more people live in a state, the more electorate there are for the state. In California, for example, with a population of 38.8 million, there are 55 votes – Delaware (population 936,000) received only three votes.
There are currently a total of 537 voters, 435 delegates (Congress men and women) and 100 senators, and three additional elected representatives from the District of Columbia. The constitution prohibits any federal official from being elected or appointed.
The candidate with the highest number of voters won the Electoral College vote in all the states and the first candidate to win in 2 states0 enough votes was elected as the President.
How does the electoral college work?
All 50 states in the United States and the Washington DC Electoral College have a certain number of “selectors” – this is proportional to the size of each state.
Each state receives at least three electoral votes because the amount is equal to the total number of its senators and delegates in the U.S. Congress. Washington D.C. received votes from three electoral colleges, meaning a total of 538 electoral colleges.
The largest state, California, has 55 electoral votes, followed by Texas at 36. There are 29 in New York and Florida.
The other two states, except Maine and Nebraska, use a winner-take-all system, so if you win the most votes in a state, you will receive the full electoral college vote.
To run for president, both candidates must have a majority of 56 voters – or 200 voters.
Although the Constitution does not mandate that voters follow the popular vote, many U.S. laws require them to do so. The law has been challenged by voters voting for someone else on the occasion, but in July the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that voters in states that have passed such a law must follow the popular vote.
The electoral college system usually reflects the popular vote – Presidents have won the election by losing only five times in the history of the United States. The most recent incident was in 2016, when Donald Trump won the election college, but his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton received popular votes.
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