WA's Top Election Official Doubts November Election Date Will Change

Jul 30, 2020

Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman says postponing the November presidential election would take an act of Congress, which she doubts will happen.
Credit Courtesy of Kim Wyman

Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman has rejected a suggestion by President Trump that the U.S. postpone the November election because of security worries.

Wyman says the Constitution makes clear that the presidential term ends at noon on January 20 of the year after the election. She says there’s similar certainty about the end of the congressional term.

“The Constitution also says that Congress shall set the date for the general election. I think we’re seeing where all of these things work really well because it’s going to take the House and the Senate in Washington, D.C. to agree that we should move the date of the general election and I’m fairly certain that that’s not going to happen. I think that’s the beauty of our republic and I’m very thankful for it," she said.

Wyman says no one from Congress or the Trump Administration has yet accepted her offer to come to Washington to learn more about the state’s vote-by-mail system. Some believe it’s susceptible to election fraud. But she says elections officials from all the other states, especially those considering mail-in elections in November, have contacted her office for information.