Vt. secretary of state calls Trump tweet on delaying election ‘dangerous’

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Published: Jul. 30, 2020 at 11:52 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 31, 2020 at 11:19 AM EDT
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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos joined members of both political parties Thursday in criticizing President Trump’s comments on Twitter about delaying the election.

President Trump floated the idea on Twitter on Thursday, saying “2020 will be the most inaccurate and fraudulent election in history.” He went on to say, “delay the election until people can properly, securely and safely vote?” He tried to clarify that he does not want November’s election delayed, but that he is concerned about a “crooked election.”

Condos, in a statement Thursday, said the president does not have the authority to change or delay an election.

“This isn’t partisan. This isn’t political. This is about the very foundation of democracy: our right to vote,” Condos said. “The Constitution is clear and sets the determination of dates for the election to be held. The President cannot delay democracy just because holding an election is politically inconvenient for him. The President’s rhetoric on delaying the election is not just absurd, it’s dangerous. If the President wants to understand firsthand the integrity and security surrounding our elections, I recommend that he sign up to be a volunteer election worker in Vermont. We’re happy to give him a crash course in democracy.”

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