Eshoo Statement on President Trump’s Call to Delay the November Elections

July 30, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Anna G. Eshoo (CA-18) released the following statement today in response to President Trump’s suggestion that the general election in November should be delayed:

“The U.S. Constitution is crystal clear when it comes to our federal elections: Congress alone has the power to decide when elections are held, not the President,” Rep. Eshoo said. “Election Day is fixed by law, and the President cannot delay it or extend his own term. The Constitution requires him to leave office on January 20th unless he is elected to a second term.

“The President’s attacks on voting by mail are false and irresponsible. Voting by mail is the safest way to vote during a pandemic and there isn’t a shred of evidence that it leads to voter fraud. The true threat to our election security is foreign interference. The Intelligence Community confirmed that Russia interfered in the 2016 election, and they are doing so again this year. The President’s irresponsible comments play right into the hands of our adversaries who seek to undermine the legitimacy of our elections and shake our confidence in democracy.”