Transcript for By the Numbers: Historical precedent for Election Day in November
In light of president trumps tweets suggesting that we delay. By the numbers. A federal law passed in 1845. Makes Election Day the first Tuesday of November only congress can change that law the president. Cannot our constitution makes January 20 the last day of a president's term something the president trump also cannot change never. Zero times in our country's history has a federal scheduled election been delayed the election of 1864. Was held in the middle of the civil war. Abraham Lincoln won reelection in separate the war was about democracy to democracy should never be suspended according to historians. Federal elections also happen on schedule during the 1918 Spanish flu and twice during World War II in 1942 and also 1944. Today election experts tell us we can hold a fair and accurate vote during this pandemic in nearly thirty state election has. Reached by ABC news expressed no doubt in their states' ability to protect election integrity with expanded mail in voting. And 201633. Million Americans voted by mail in or absentee ballots to voting this way is certainly nothing new.
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