Biden calls for 'drive-in voting' in November election
With the campaign on the sidelines, Biden tries rewriting election with drive-in voting, possibly cancelling convention
Former Vice President Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential frontrunner, suggested that states could provide “drive-in voting” for the November election due to the coronavirus pandemic.
With the presidential campaign on the sidelines, Biden doubted that the Democratic convention would go on as planned in July.
"Can you really envision every prominent Democrat in this country from all 50 states inside a hot arena 104 days from now?” Biden was asked by Brian Williams, the host of The 11th Hour on MSNBC.
"The fact is, it may have to be different,” Biden said.
The Democratic National Convention Committee has not announced changes to the convention.
Biden also said there is “no rationale” for delaying the presidential election.
“It may be virtual,” Biden said.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer was the first congressional leader to publicly suggest an "election by mail" in November. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi recently echoed that proposal.
“In terms of the elections, I think that we’ll probably be moving to vote by mail,” Pelosi said.
Biden was asked if he thinks states should plan on remote voting options for the next election.
“Yes. I think they should be doing that now. I think they should be doing that now, planning on it…This is about making sure that we're able to conduct our democracy while we're dealing with a pandemic. We can do both,” Biden said.
“It may mean that social distancing doesn’t get it done. It may mean that you have a circumstance where you have drive-in voting, literally, you pull up. There’s a lot of ways to do it but we should be talking about it now,” he added.