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Is Trump planning to postpone or restrict the presidential election?

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Commentary. The pandemic could provide the pretext to postpone the elections, or make it so that as few Americans as possible get to vote: the only thing the Republicans can hope for is a low turnout.

written by Fabrizio Tonello

Topic U.S. Politics

July 21, 2020

Will elections really be held in the U.S. on Nov. 3?

This is when the polls are set to open to elect not only the President, but also the House, a third of the Senate and a number of governors. A law dating back to 1845 established the timetable: the vote is held “on the first Tuesday following the first Monday of November,” an odd formula chosen by what was then the Congress of an agrarian country, in order not to disturb the summer harvests and to avoid travel when the cold weather was really starting to bite.

As a result, contrary to what happens in the rest of the world, elections are held on a working day, and only a dozen states have made Election Day a holiday.

Even under normal conditions, voting is less easy in the United States than in Europe (for example, registration on the electoral rolls does not happen automatically); furthermore, the pandemic came this year, which makes Trump’s preferred mass rallies impossible, but also places heavy restrictions on the........

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