President Nancy Pelosi? It’s Not Too Far Fetched

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By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Shanaya Daughtrey

TUSCALOOSA, AL- On July 30, President Donald Trump implied that November’s election should be postponed until people could, “properly, securely and safely” vote.

In a tweet, President Trump wrote, “With Universal  Mail-InVoting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most inaccurate & fraudulent Election in history. It will be a great embarrassment to the USA. Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???”

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<p lang="en" dir="ltr">With Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history. It will be a great embarrassment to the USA. Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???</p>
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The president does not have the power to delay or postpone an election.

As stated in Article II, Section 1, Clause 4 of the U.S. Constitution, Congress is in charge of choosing the day of an election.

The tweet caused concern among some scholars, politicians and citizens: What happens if Trump doesn’t accept the election results?

University of Alabama Assistant Professor of Political Science Allen Linken said it’s a possibility, but the U.S. government has checks and balances for that very reason.

“The president could refuse the results,” Linken said. “That being said, it would inevitably be challenged in court, and it would rapidly get to the Supreme Court to determine whether or not this was a proper exercise of executive authority.”

It may seem implausible that Democratic U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi wind up as president in the wake of such an incident, but it’s not impossible.

For example, an Electoral College tie could end with a President Pelosi.

According to The Hill’s Reid Wilson, if Trump loses Michigan, Pennsylvania and Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional District to Biden and holds everything else he won in 2016, the two candidates would be deadlocked at 269 electoral votes apiece.

If the election results in an Electoral College tie, the Senate must break the tie with a two-third majority, determining the winner.

Another scenario just as unlikely could come from 12th amendment of the Constitution, Linken said, with the House of Representatives choosing the next president of the United States.

It states: If no person have such majority, then from the persons having the highest numbers not exceeding three on the list of those voted for as President, the House of Representatives shall choose immediately, by ballot, the President.

According to the 20th amendment, if the House and Senate are deadlocked in their decision, the office defaults to be Speaker of the House.

So could Pelosi become president? Sure, but her chances in 2020 aren’t much better than Nick Saban’s.

The presidential race will come down to President Donald Trump or former Vice President Joe Biden with near absolute certainty.

But whoever wins, they’re just a person, Linken said.

“The constitution is and has been, for 200 years, stronger than any one person,” he said.

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