Lofgren: Only Congress Can Change the Date of Our Elections
San Jose, Calif. – Committee on House Administration Chairperson Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) issued the following statement today in response to a tweet by President Trump which promoted misinformation about mail-in ballots and proposed delaying Election Day.
“The date of our elections is set in statute as ‘the Tuesday next after the first Monday in the month of November,’ which this year is November 3. Only Congress can change the date of our elections, and under no circumstances will we consider doing so to accommodate the President’s inept and haphazard response to the coronavirus pandemic, or give credence to the lies and misinformation he spreads regarding the manner in which Americans can safely and securely cast their ballots.
“Americans have voted during the Civil War, in the midst of the Great Depression, in the shadow of World Wars, and in the wake of terrorist attacks. Americans will stand united to vote this November. The House voted to send $3.6 billion to state and local jurisdictions to prepare for upcoming elections by expanding vote-by-mail and early in-person voting to reduce crowding on Election Day and preserve social distancing at polling places. If the President and Republicans in Congress truly wish to ensure the integrity and security of our elections, they should support this legislation. Unfortunately, so far they have opposed these efforts, have put forward no proposals of their own, and have offered no further relief for struggling frontline election administrators.”
The Committee on House Administration is the primary House committee charged with oversight of federal elections.