Voting in a Time of Pandemic: The November Election Must Go on as Scheduled

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With polls showing Trump trailing former Vice President Joe Biden—his likely Democratic opponent in the November election—it is widely rumored that the president might seek ways to postpone the election in order to remain in office.

Such a move would be blatantly illegal: It would place the government of the United States in the hands of one man, abridge the cherished right of those in the U.S. to choose their leaders, and threaten democracy itself.

The process of selecting the president, spelled out in detail in the 12th Amendment, is entirely out of the president’s hands. Pictured: Primary voting in St Paul, Minnesota on March 3, 2020. (Lorie Shaull)

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