[ExI] > Taiwan is standing strong
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Wed Mar 18 22:27:39 UTC 2020
Spike, not that we're going to worry about it, but I believe Congress CAN
change the date as long as the POTUS is still sworn in by the date in the
Could the general election be postponed or canceled?
Only with enormous difficulty.
The date of the general election is set by federal law and has been fixed
since 1845. It would take a change in federal law to move that date. That
would mean legislation enacted by Congress, signed by the president and
subject to challenge in the courts.
To call that unlikely would be an understatement.
And even if all of that happened, there would not be much flexibility in
choosing an alternate election date: The Constitution mandates that the new
Congress must be sworn in on Jan. 3, and that the new president’s term must
begin on Jan. 20. Those dates cannot be changed just by the passage of
On Wed, Mar 18, 2020 at 6:10 PM spike jones via extropy-chat <
extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:
> > *On Behalf Of *Dylan Distasio via extropy-chat
> *Subject:* Re: [ExI] > Taiwan is standing strong
> >… Many would be upset if Trump delayed the election indefinitely,
> including many of his current supporters who would stop being supporters at
> that point. It's not going to happen, Congress is the only one with that
> power, and they are not going to do it. Dylan
> On the contrary sir. Congress does not have the authority to delay an
> election either, indefinitely or otherwise. The quadrennial election is
> mandated by the constitution which can only be changed by a ¾ vote of the
> states. It is quite unlikely that 38 states would vote to give away their
> power to the federal government, which is the reason why the US government
> has remained as stable as it has for so long: authority is distributed.
> This keeps any particular individual or even coalitions from becoming
> overly power-drunk. The system works. It was well-designed.
> Note that USA stands for United STATES of America, not United People of
> America. This too lends stability, for it keeps states in the loop, which
> is why we have an Electoral College and state legislatures.
> We need to always recognize how good we have it in our place in history
> and space. Perhaps the biggest part of having a good life is knowing you
> have a good life. Life is good.
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