Nine months have passed since Donald Trump was elected the 45th President of the United States. Despite accomplishing that feat, he has continued to promote the idea that illegal ballots were cast in favor of his opponent, Hillary Clinton, without offering any proof to back up the claims. Past investigations of voter fraud have uncovered only a handful of cases among tens of millions of votes.
Using that mindset as a survey subject, a pair of Pennsylvania college professors conducted a recent poll which showed that, 52 percent of the 650 Republicans surveyed indicated that they’d support a postponement of the 2020 presidential election. The delay would remain in place until assurances could be made that only eligible voters would be voting.
University of Pennsylvania communication professor Yphtach Lelkes and Yeshiva University psychology professor Ariel Malka surveyed a total of 1,325 individuals between June 5 and 20. The focus of their research was to gauge hypothetical scenarios involving voter fraud and the respondents belief in its existence.
In the latter case, 68 percent of Republicans believed President Donald Trump’s claim that millions of votes were illegally cast in last November’s election. In addition, 73 percent felt that voter fraud is much more prevalent than is reported, while 47 percent were under the mistaken belief that Trump won the popular vote.
The reality is that Trump won last November’s election over Hillary Clinton because of his 306 electoral votes but lost the popular vote by approximately three million votes. That resulted in Trump claiming that between three to five million of those votes were fraudulently cast and subsequently led to his formation of a commission to investigate voter fraud.
Another reality regarding this situation is that the legality of such a move would be suspect. Lelkes and Malka indicated that trying to implement the idea would likely fail to gain much support, even among congressional Republicans, and could cause financial markets to be negatively affected.
Critics of postponing the 2020 election, regardless of its unlikely status, have pointed to such incidents taking place in countries with controversial leaders. Those critics believe that postponement in the United States would set the stage for Trump to effectively establish a dictatorship.
Since no one has suggested that any such effort is being put forth, the actual date for the 2020 presidential election will take place on November 3, 2020. That’s the first Tuesday after the first Monday of the month, a tradition put in place by Congress in 1845.